Kane continues to impress boss

Mauricio Pochettino, pictured, gave credit to the resilience shown by Harry Kane

Mauricio Pochettino, pictured, gave credit to the resilience shown by Harry Kane

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Mauricio Pochettino has been impressed by Harry Kane's attitude and aptitude since arriving at Tottenham - no more so than when he overcame an early penalty miss against AEL Limassol to set his side on course for the Europa League group stage.

Spurs continued their 100 per cent start to life under the former Argentina international by comfortably overcoming the Cypriots 3-0 in the second leg of their play-off on Thursday evening.

Already boasting a 2-1 lead from the first leg in Cyprus, the north Londoners never looked like falling to a shock exit and secured their place in Friday's draw as Paulinho and Andros Townsend added to Kane's first-half opener.

The 21-year-old scored the winner last week and opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time in the return leg at White Hart Lane, coolly slotting home after Paulinho capitalised on an AEL mistake.

It was no less than Kane deserved after another fine display and was a particularly impressive response to seeing his penalty saved after just 14 minutes.

"I have always believed in Harry since the first day," Pochettino said.

"That is football. I think it is possible to miss penalties, but it is not important.

"He found a way to score, to play and did not let it affect his performance. It was good.

"He showed character and personality. He has a very strong mind and Harry is a very good player, too."

Kane may well have been impacted by the lengthy wait he had before his penalty after AEL goalkeeper Karim Fegrouch sustained a nasty-looking blow to the head in taking down Kyle Naughton.

The Moroccan was taken to hospital with what Limassol manager Ivaylo Petev described as a "bad situation" and Pochettino was quick to send his best to the goalkeeper.

"Maybe it affected Harry," he said. "I hope the keeper is okay and makes a good, quick recovery."

Back-up goalkeeper Pulpo Romero kept out Kane's spot-kick and had to be at his best to stop Spurs racking up an even bigger scoreline.

Pochettino was delighted with his side's display, especially given he made nine changes from Sunday's 4-0 win against QPR.

Asked about Andros Townsend - called up by England despite being omitted from the squad to face the Hoops - Pochettino said: "It is good for him and other players that got 90 minutes and for the confidence.

"We have a lot of players, a very good squad and my job is just to choose the players for each squad.

"I am very happy, very pleased with the team. It was a very good performance today.

"There are no easy games because the Europa League is difficult to play, but we played very, very, very well against Limassol. We are very happy."

Pochettino said on the eve of the match that he had no intention in letting Townsend or Roberto Soldado leave before the end of the transfer window.

Sandro, Vlad Chiriches and Lewis Holtby are amongst the other players to have been linked with a move away and Pochettino suggested there may well be movement before Monday's deadline.

"We have a lot of players with unbelievable quality," he said.

"We need balance and it is possible we add some players, but not too much movement before the end of the transfer window."

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