Monday 11 December 2017

Howe won't play blame game as Kane hits hat-trick

Bournemouth 1-5 Tottenham

Harry Kane
Harry Kane

Eddie Howe refused to blame goalkeeper Artur Boruc for Bournemouth's hammering at the hands of Tottenham.

Harry Kane returned to form for Spurs as he helped himself to a hat-trick in the 5-1 victory - with Boruc at fault for three of Tottenham's goals.

Matt Ritchie had fired Bournemouth into a first-minute lead before the Cherries' 35-year-old goalkeeper brought down Kane in the box, with the England striker levelling from the resulting penalty.

Mousa Dembele then put the visitors ahead before Boruc dropped another clanger as he spilt an easy Kane cross that Erik Lamela tucked away.

Kane's second came from a sumptuous Christian Eriksen cross and his hat-trick was completed as Boruc again failed to collect an effort and the 22-year-old was on hand to turn home.

However, Howe said his team as a whole have to take the responsibility for the loss.

"They were self-inflicted, that's evident," he said of Tottenham's goals. "There won't be fingers pointed. We take collective responsibility. But we can't keep giving goals away. We've given teams goals even in the games we've drawn and won.

The former Celtic keeper missed the game at Manchester City last weekend - another 5-1 defeat - after picking up an injury in the warm-up and Howe conceded that he may have not been completely fit heading into this match.

"He's strong mentally and resolute when it comes to errors," Howe added. "Maybe he's not 100 per cent, but he's kicking. How much that hampered his performance, I don't know."

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