CHRIS SUTTON: Mourinho and Kane did their talking on the pitch

CHRIS SUTTON: Jose Mourinho and Harry Kane did their talking on the pitch… it wasn’t pretty but Tottenham stopped the rot against West Ham and got the win they desperately needed

  • Jose Mourinho defended Harry Kane in the build-up to the West Ham match
  • Kane delivered, scoring his first goal in 2020 during a 2-0 victory on Tuesday
  • It was Tottenham’s first victory in their last eight matches in all competitions
  • Mourinho needed a win more than anything and his side duly delivered one

Jose Mourinho didn’t need to respond to Paul Merson’s Harry Kane comments and defend his record with strikers in the build-up to this match. 

We all know his history as a manager, and that only served in making him seem insecure and thin-skinned. 

What Mourinho needed, more than anything, was for his team to respond on the pitch. 

Jose Mourinho got the win he so desperately needed against West Ham on Tuesday night

Harry Kane scored his first goal in 2020 and Tottenham’s second on the night to seal the win

Whether it was pretty or not — and it largely wasn’t — they got the win that they desperately needed. 

Tottenham went into this having not won any of their last seven matches, including Champions League and FA Cup exits to Norwich and RB Leipzig respectively.

Mourinho’s side could not afford to go eight without a win to lose more ground in the top four race and, after a little help from West Ham and a Kane goal, the run ended. 

Kane faced criticism in the build up but did his talking on the pitch on Tuesday night

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