Football: Kane's lucky break chalks up his century

Tottenham's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their third goal.
Tottenham's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their third goal.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Harry Kane admitted the long-range shot that brought up his 100th goal for Tottenham Hotspur in their 3-0 win at Everton on Saturday (Sept 9) was a complete fluke.

The striker reached the century mark - and opened his league account for the season - after 28 minutes of his 169th game for Spurs with a strike from five metres wide of the area that looped over Everton keeper Jordan Pickford into the far corner.

Afterwards, Kane admitted he had actually been trying to cross the ball.

"I think everyone could tell my first goal was a cross but you need that luck sometimes," said Kane.

"To get 100 goals is amazing. Hopefully, I can get the next hundred even quicker. It's been a crazy few years. I thought we played fantastically throughout the pitch."

Kane did not have to wait long for his 101st, adding his second, and Tottenham's third, from Ben Davies's cross after Christian Eriksen had doubled their lead in a game that soon became a stroll.

"That was a very good performance today," he said.

"It is not an easy place to come but we played very well all through the pitch. Our attacking play was fantastic.

"We wanted to come here and get a good result. We just need to take this momentum into the Champions League next week."


Kane, who has still not scored a Premier League goal for Spurs in August, has ended as the Premier League's top goalscorer in each of the past two seasons and will be aiming for the hat-trick, assuming Spurs improve on their "home" form at Wembley.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman condemned his players for being "too nice" and "weak" but admitted they had been up against one of the game's most impressive strikers.

"Maybe after Messi and Ronaldo, Alexis Sanchez and one or two more, he is one of the best," said Koeman.

"Okay, the first goal was lucky because he didn't mean to shoot the ball in the goal, but he is a really clever player. His movement, using his body against defenders, his finishing, he is a top striker."

The result capped a disastrous week for Everton whose striker, Wayne Rooney, has been charged with a drink-driving offence.

Everton were booed by their own supporters and Rooney relentlessly barracked by some visiting fans.