Harry Kane is trying not to think about becoming Tottenham’s record all-time goalscorer after he moved one shy of Jimmy Greaves’ haul with an FA Cup winner against Portsmouth.
The England captain put Spurs into the fourth round with a clinical finish early in the second half of the tie at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.
Kane’s next goal will put him level with the legendary Greaves on 266 for the London club, a feat he could achieve against fierce rivals Arsenal next Sunday.
The prolific striker, who has scored four times in as many games since the World Cup and 17 this season, is determined not to let the prospect of making history play on his mind.
“I try to not think about it,” he told BBC Sport.
“Sometimes you can think too much. Obviously I feel in good form and I feel fit. My mindset is to help the team and hopefully the goals will come.
“It was a tough game. We were clear favourites and people probably expected a bigger score but credit to them, they stayed compact and made it difficult.
“We thought after the first it might open up, but they stopped us getting the second one. It’s good to get through – that was the objective – and we’ll see who we get next.”
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Yves Bissouma was a late withdrawal from the Spurs team to take on manager-less League One side Pompey, Oliver Skipp taking the midfielder’s place due to an ankle problem.
Cristian Stellini, Tottenham’s assistant head coach, revealed the former Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder pulled out as a precaution and will be available to take on Premier League leaders Arsenal next weekend.
He said: “The injury came from the last match. An ankle problem. He tried to push himself but he was not 100 per cent.
“It’s very good when the player tells us they are not 100 per cent as Skippy was and he played well. He will [be] [for the Arsenal clash].”
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