Kane hails landmark week


Published: Sunday 5th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Harry Kane hailed the best week of his life despite his Tottenham side being held to a goalless draw at Burnley.

Kane, 21, was chosen as Spurs captain after a week which has also seen him score on his England debut and make his first start for the national team.

Kane said: “Yes you could say it has been the best week of my life – to score, to make my first start and score for England, and to be captain today. It has been an unbelievable couple of weeks and one I won’t forget for the rest of my career.”

It was a frustrating end to the week however as Burnley dug in to earn a precious point in their relegation battle and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted a top-four place may now be beyond his side – they are seven points off fourth-placed Manchester City with a vastly inferior goal difference.

Pochettino said: “It is difficult but we have seven games, we will try. It is true that it is not easy. This game was a very tough game and we need to try to win the most points possible in the next seven games.

“The way Burnley play it is difficult, because always there is long balls into the box. They are a very aggressive team and run a lot. It is difficult to find space to play.

“We played better in the second half and we made some chances but it was not enough to score. Three weeks ago Manchester City lost here. It is not an excuse but it is a very, very difficult team.”

Pochettino confirmed Kyle Walker, who limped off, has a sprain but said it was “not a big issue”.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche claimed the Clarets had the better of the match and rued a gilt-edged chance missed by Danny Ings, who shot straight at Michel Vorm when it seemed easier to score.

He said: “I think we edged the game, but there was not a lot in it.

“We kept the tempo high and kept pressing high. Danny has had a great chance and it was unlike him not to put it away, he almost hit it too cleanly.

“Having said that we are pleased to get another clean sheet against a top side.”

Dyche picked out Ashley Barnes for special praise but said the whole of his team had performed well against a Spurs side boasting four England players. The Burnley boss also said he was not too concerned by their struggles to find the net – they have only scored once in five games.

He added: “I prefer to look at it as two clean sheets in last three games against some fantastic sides.”

Burnley skipper Jason Shackell admitted the Clarets need to be more ruthless in front of goal.

He said: “I’m a little disappointed. I thought we played well and we had a few chances. We need to be a bit more clinical between now and the end of the season but it’s another point and that’s a point in the right direction.

“If Danny had put the ball in the back of the net of course it would have been different but he’s been phenomenal and will get a few more goals for us before the end of the season for sure.

“We have said it from the beginning. We’re hard to beat, we’re organised and we’re not an easy game for anyone. We have seven big games to go and we’re looking forward to it.”

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson aimed a dig at Spurs substitute Andros Townsend after the match.

The pair have exchanged words on Twitter in recent weeks over the striker’s appearances for England, with former Arsenal man Merson questioning Townsend’s value to the squad before he scored an impressive equaliser against Italy.

Merson tweeted: “Just been watching the game @andros_townsend , did you miss the coach? #RubberDub #7minutes”

Published: Sunday 5th April 2015 by The News Editor

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