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Harry Hot Spur

Pochettino hails his hero and proclaims: He's back!

TOTTENHAM 3

(Harry Winks 51, Harry Kane 89, 90-pen)

WEST HAM 2

(Michail Antonio 24, Manuel Lanzini 68-pen)

Harry Kane remains Tottenham's talisman. He rescued his team with a dramatic late double and left boss Mauricio Pochettino proclaiming: "He's back!"

England striker Kane, fit again after seven weeks out with ankle ligament damage, struck twice in the final two minutes as Spurs came from behind to stun West Ham 3-2 yesterday morning (Singapore time).

The 23-year-old, sent back from England duty last weekend in order to build up his fitness, tucked in an 89th-minute cross from Son Heung Min to equalise.

Then, as the clock moved into stoppage time, Kane coolly tucked away a penalty after Havard Nordtveit fouled Son to secure Tottenham's first win in eight matches.

"He's one of the best strikers in the world," beamed Pochettino.

"When you play without your main striker for 10 or 11 games, it's tough for any team. He's a player who is very important for us.

"It wasn't ideal to have Harry on the pitch for 96 minutes, that's true, but it's difficult to take him off when you need to win the game.

"In the end, we pushed him but now he's very happy with the energy and that can help him recover."

Spurs' unbeaten record was in jeopardy after Michail Antonio headed West Ham into a first-half lead.

They equalised through youngster Harry Winks, who lashed in the rebound after Vincent Janssen's shot was blocked on his full English Premier League debut.

But Manuel Lanzini put the Hammers back in front after Winston Reid was brought down in the area by Janssen.

However, Kane's late heroics meant more misery for West Ham, who remain just a point above the relegation zone.

That misery deepened yet further during the six minutes of stoppage time after stand-in skipper Reid was sent off for a second booking.

"You can imagine it's very difficult to take this kind of defeat in a derby when there are four minutes to go and you're a goal up and you're thinking about killing the game," said manager Slaven Bilic.

"We had really good opportunities to kill the game off but, unfortunately, it wasn't to be.

"For the penalty, Son did a really good move and our player went down a little bit too quickly.

"Our penalty, to be fair, I didn't see. All I have seen is their penalty after the game and it was a penalty, it was a very clever move from Son.

"And the foul from Reid is a big blow, because he was excellent."

- PA Sport.

Next, Monaco

Tottenham will now turn their attention to a crucial Champions League clash with AS Monaco on Wednesday morning (Singapore time), and Harry Kane believes it is important to go into that "must-win game" off the back of a victory.

"What a win, it looked like it would be a disappointing afternoon," he said.

"I thought we had played well and we left it late, what a night, what a performance.

"We wanted to win and give the fans something to cheer about and a lot of them will go home happy.

"It is an important week and we didn't want to go into that game having lost the first one. The Monaco game is a must-win, we're excited, we'll train tomorrow and travel on Monday."

The victory also means that Tottenham remain unbeaten in the Premier League after 12 games this season. - PA Sport.

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