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Winning touch: Harry Kane

Winning touch: Harry Kane

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Winning touch: Harry Kane

Tottenham striker Harry Kane believes his side made a "massive statement" that they are fighting for the badge after their backs-to-the-wall win against Southampton.

Spurs have been besieged by problems after a summer of unrest in the dressing room, where a host of key players were uncertain of their future.

Boss Mauricio Pochettino said that they would need time to regain their unity and spirit, but Saturday's win suggested that it is not too far away.

Spurs battled for over an hour with 10 men after Serge Aurier's red card, bouncing back from a horrific error from Hugo Lloris to hang on to a vital three points, with Kane himself scoring the winner.

"I think it was a massive win, and a massive statement to the fans and the club for the players to show how much they want to fight for this club," said the England skipper.

"We were going through a tough spell, but that is all you can do - dig deep and find ways to win.

"It wasn't our prettiest win at home, but it shows how much we all care about the club.

"We are delighted with it and hopefully we can push on from here.

"The performance today speaks for itself in terms of everyone fighting for the badge, and that was the past.

"We have just got to look forward. All I can say is I am proud of my team-mates for that win."

Belfast Telegraph