Harry Kane has said his hat-trick on the bench in Tottenham’s 5-1 Europa League win over NS Mura was a bonus.
The England captain achieved the 13th hat-trick of his career with Spurs after coming on just before the hour mark against the Slovenian team.
The hosts were winning 2-1 at the time after goals in the first eight minutes from Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso and Kane’s cameo fixed the issues.
Having failed to find the back of the net so far in five Premier League appearances and appearing well below his best, his quick hat-trick could prove a welcome boost.
“Every striker wants to score goals. I probably didn’t expect to come today, but it’s good to have the minutes, ”he told BT Sport.
“Every time you see the ball hit the back of the net it’s a good feeling. Hope we can take it in the weekend.
“It was nice to come off the bench and score a few goals.”
Although Spurs were in the driver’s seat, Mura, who was only formed in 2012, returned to the game after Ziga Kous scored the goal of his life and Spurs looked fragile against the lesser side. well ranked in the competition.
Boss Nuno Espírito Santo introduced Kane, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura and it paid off as Spurs go wild.
Nuno said the decision was not planned in advance, but was necessary because of the way the game was going.
He said: “I think the game was necessary. The best way, the best way was to have the players on the pitch and they brought the energy to the team that the team really needed at the time.
“The team needed energy and it was good. It was good for the team and good for everyone. Today was important to play like we did. A good result and so we recover better and prepare better for the next one. Lots of positives. “
On Kane gaining confidence thanks to his hat-trick, the Portuguese added: “It’s important for everyone, I always insist.
“The most important thing is that we all have the best players.
“The whole team today was important for the players who didn’t have too many chances, they played 90 minutes. For the future, it is important to prepare what is in front of us, so the whole team is needed.
“I support all the players, all the players have my full support. All.
“We have to support them and help them find the level that I believe they have, which is the talent, the quality. If we have all the best players, we can have a good team and a good team. “