HARRY KANE admitted to feeling emotional after scoring Tottenham Hotspur’s last ever goal at White Hart Lane.
Spurs said farewell to their home of the last 118 years in fine style on Sunday, claiming a 2-1 victory over Manchester United to guarantee second place in the Premier League – their highest league finish since 1963.
And, although United’s Wayne Rooney had the honour of grabbing the final goal at the Lane, it was Kane’s strike early in the second half which proved decisive as Tottenham – who had taken a first-half lead through Victor Wanyama’s header – deservedly claimed maximum points.
“It’s been an emotional day, but what a finish,” Kane said. “To score the winner, to win the game and finish unbeaten here is something special. It’s emotional now, I’m sure when we all get home it will start to sink in a little.
“We’ve secured second spot with two games left and we can go out and enjoy it now. That’s progression from last season and we have to keep it going now. We have to keep working harder, keep getting better and hopefully next season we’ll finish first.
“This has been a proper send-off to what has been an amazing stadium for us. I couldn’t be happier.”
A memorable day for Tottenham saw the match followed by a parade of former players on the pitch, with Glenn Hoddle, Martin Chivers, Ossie Ardiles, Ricky Villa, Pat Jennings, Cliff Jones, David Ginola and Ledley King among those to take to the turf for one last time.
And manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted that the positive result ensured that it was an ideal day for everyone involved with the club.
“It was a perfect performance and we deserved that victory,” he said. “I’m so happy for our fans and we’re so proud of everyone. It’s a great moment to share with everyone, we’re so happy to be here to say goodbye to White Hart Lane and to welcome the new stadium.
“We were aggressive and played to win. We had control of the game, we played better and deserved the victory.
“Second position is fantastic for us. To get 80 points and be unbeaten at White Hart Lane in the last season here, there are a lot of things to be proud of.”