Man of the match Harry Kane hailed one of the “greatest moments” in his fledgling Tottenham career after helping his side snatch a 2-1 comeback victory over 10-man Aston Villa with a late winner at Villa Park.
Villa’s five-game and 15-minute wait for a goal ended when Andreas Weimann opened the scoring following a spell of dominance from the hosts as he collected Charles N’Zogbia’s cross to slot home from close range.
Tempers flared for the second time in little over five minutes after the hour mark and Christian Benteke was shown a straight red card by referee Neil Swarbrick after a tussle with Erik Lamela in which the Belgium international raised his hand to his opponent’s face.
Things started to go downhill for the hosts after that and Spurs found their equaliser with five minutes left as an unmarked Nacer Chadli fired home Lamela’s corner, before substitute Kane’s deflected last-gasp free-kick claimed all three points for the away side.
Kane told Sky Sports 1: “Without a doubt it was one of the greatest moments for me in a Spurs shirt in my career so far. To be 1-0 down in an important game for us, we needed a win and to pull it back there at the end is a moment I won’t forget.”
The 21-year-old striker, who was sent on by Mauricio Pochettino with just over 30 minutes left, added: “The manager said there’s plenty of time left, to be getting on the ball, you’ll get some chances so take one and obviously fortunately I was able to do that and it’s all smiles in the dressing room now.”
As for taking the 89th-minute free-kick, Kane said: “He (Lamela) wanted it and he’d taken the one before , but I said ‘this one can be mine’ and obviously it ended up in the back of the net and it was great – a great result.”
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