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Hat-trick hero Kane says now is the time for Tottenham to stick together

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Harry Kane insisted now is the time for Tottenham to rally behind Nuno Espirito Santo and get their Premier League season back on track. 

The England striker came off the bench to score a hat-trick and lead his side to a 5-1 win over Mura in the Europa Conference League on Thursday. 

Kane became the first Spurs player to score a hat-trick as a substitute since Ronny Rosenthal in the FA Cup back in 1995, while he is only the third man to hit three goals in a game in three separate major UEFA club competitions. 

Spurs fans will hope he can continue that form against Aston Villa on Sunday, Kane having failed to find the net in any of his first five Premier League appearances in 2021-22. 

With pressure mounting on head coach Nuno after three consecutive league losses and nine goals conceded, Kane said the Villa game will be key to turning around their fortunes. 

“Us as players and staff need to stick together and work hard,” he told BT Sport. “Our recent form has not been great, but we need to try to turn it around next game. 

“Every striker wants to score goals. I probably wasn’t expecting to come on today, but it’s nice to get the minutes. Whenever you see the ball hit the back of the net it’s a good feeling. Hopefully, we can take it into the weekend.” 

Spurs were 2-0 up after only eight minutes but Nuno opted to bring on Kane, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura after Ziga Kous scored a stunning volley for Mura early in the second half. 

“We started the game really well, went two ahead, but we lost our way a little bit. They scored a great goal,” said Kane. 

“We made it harder than we needed to. The momentum shifted in their favour. It was about coming on and doing a job for the team.” 

Nuno himself was happy enough with his side’s performance, saying: “We started very well, our dynamic was good. 

“The beginning of the second half, they scored. After that, we played good. A good game. 

“It [the triple substitution] was needed. The best way to prepare the players is to play. The minutes were important for the boys. 

“[There were] a lot of positives.” 

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