Harry Kane is pleased with Tottenham’s 1-1 derby draw against Arsenal and insists that his equalising goal was “deserved”.
Following back-to-back defeats to Burnley and Chelsea, Spurs hosted Arsenal today at Wembley hoping to give manager Mauricio Pochettino the perfect 47th birthday gift by winning the north London derby.
But Aaron Ramsey’s 16th-minute goal threatened to spoil things for Spurs and, for a while, a third consecutive Premier League defeat looked likely.
However, the Gunners were wasteful in front of goal and Spurs were later given a lifeline in the 74th-minute the referee judged that Shkodran Mustafi fouled Kane in the area.
Arsenal strongly protested the decision by arguing that Kane was offside at the time of the incident, but it all came to nothing with the England captain sending keeper Bernd Leno the wrong way to equalise.
Things then got heated in the dying moments when Davinson Sanchez fouled Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the area and seemingly handed Arsenal the victory only for Hugo Lloris to easily save the Gabon striker’s spot-kick.
The Gunners’ misery was soon doubled when Lucas Torreira was sent-off for a careless challenge on Danny Rose amid a chaotic end to the derby.
“It was another good derby, a passionate one, it had a bit of everything,” Kane told BBC.
“In the first half, we were disappointed; we created a few chances but were not clinical enough. The second half was just about fighting for the team and club and we did that and we got the goal we deserved. Towards the end of the game, it went a bit crazy.
“For us, it was important to stop the losing streak, at this point, it might give us a little boost with a big game in the Champions League and then Southampton.”
The point ensured Spurs retained a critical four-point advantage over Arsenal in third-place in the Premier League table with another nine games remaining.
“Over the last week we have put ourselves under pressure but we have done it in the past and every game is a big game,” said Kane.
“I feel good after three tough games coming back from injury it’ll be good to get the freshness back.
“Pochettino wants us to go out there with passion and thankfully we did that.”
Spurs will next travel to Germany for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.
Pochettino’s side currently hold a 3-0 aggregate lead over the Bundesliga leaders.
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 2, 2019