Spurs star: I laughed at first pitch invader but these interruptions must be stopped
09:04 28 November 2014
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Harry Kane admits he was amused by the first of the three pitch invaders during night’s Europa League match but hopes such interruptions can be kicked out of the game.
Three men ran on to the pitch on separate occasions in the first 40 minutes of yesterday’s group clash against Partizan Belgrade in an apparent marketing stunt, with the first of them evading stewards for a minute and a half and taking ‘selfies’ with players.
The referee responded to the third incident by suspending the game and taking the players off the field for 10 minutes.
Spurs went on to win 1-0 thanks to Benjamin Stambouli’s decisive second-half strike but could face Uefa sanctions, while the three men were arrested.
Kane said: “That’s the first time I’ve seen that. The first one was quite funny to be honest, I was having a little chuckle, but then obviously it got a bit stupid in the end.
“I think we dealt with it well. We went in and came back out again. That’s part of the game but hopefully we can kick it out.”
Tottenham now turn their focus to Sunday’s Premier League clash against Everton at White Hart Lane, and a chance to end their poor form after Europa League outings.
Spurs have lost four of their last five games immediately after being involved in Europe - all of them coming at home against Liverpool, West Brom, Newcastle and Stoke.
“That’s what we’ve got to look to change,” said Kane. “If we want to do well in the league and move up the table we’ve got to change that, and hopefully we can start on Sunday. Everton are a great side, we know that, but we’ve just got to play the way we can.”
The Toffees were also in action on the continent yesterday evening, taking on Wolfsburg in Germany, and Kane said: “There are no excuses.
“Everton played as well last night and they were away from home so there are definitely no excuses for Sunday. It’s going to be a big game and we’re looking forward to it.
“We just have to go out there and express ourselves more – get on the ball and don’t be afraid to give it away, and hopefully we can get that into our game and really establish ourselves.
“There are a lot of games coming up in the next month or two. We’re going to be concentrating on every game but obviously we want to move up that league in the Premier League.”
The in-form Kane appeared as a substitute against Partizan Belgrade last night, coming on in the 65th minute as Mauricio Pochettino saved him for Sunday’s clash with Everton.
“It’s great, that’s what I want to be doing,” said the striker, who has scored 11 goals in 17 games for the Lilywhites this season. “I want to be playing at the best level I can and fortunately I’ve been able to do that recently. Hopefully if I play on Sunday I can get on the scoresheet again.”
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