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Harry Kane goal decision no big deal - Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino

Harry Kane goal decision no big deal - Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino
From ESPN - April 12, 2018

LONDON -- Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he played no part in the decision to appeal for the second goal in their 2-1 win at Stoke to be awarded to Harry Kane rather than Christian Eriksen.

Pochettino said the Premier League Goal Accreditation Appeals Panel's decision to credit it to Kane was "not a big deal" despite Liverpool's Mohamed Salah -- ahead of Kane as the Premier League's leading scorer -- reacting with surprise.

"Harry's a very honest person, he's not going to lie about this situation," the manager told a news conference.

"I do not care who scored the goal, I care about the three points. But that was a club decision to appeal -- I was not involved in this decision.

"It's not a big deal, I promise you. Harry is generous, a person who always puts the collective ahead of himself.

"Of course all strikers want to score and they have their skill -- they are aggressive, they have this determination -- but Harry always shows his commitment to the team, with his teammates.

"I promise, it's not a big deal. No one's talked about that this week inside the club. I hope that Harry and Christian can score on Saturday and everyone is happy."

Meanwhile, Pochettino said he was concerned about Harry Winks' fitness, with the midfielder at a specialist facility in Qatar for treatment on a long-term ankle problem.

Winks is still suffering from an injury sustained against Crystal Palace in November, and although he has since made 12 appearances he has not played since the FA Cup win over Rochdale in February.

The 22-year-old, who withdrew from the England under-21 squad last month, is in Doha at a leading sports medicine hospital.

"Yes [it is a concern]," Pochettino said. "We hope after that period he can come back fixing his problem and try to again stay in the group training.

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