Harry Kane says he was expecting night on bench before firing Tottenham hat-trick in NS Mura win

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Harry Kane has revealed he did not expect to come off the bench after scoring a clinical 20-minute hat-trick against NS Mura on Thursday.

Kane ensured Spurs kickstarted their Europa Conference League campaign with a 5-1 win over the Slovenian minnows, easing the pressure on manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

Spurs raced into a two-goal lead through Dele Alli’s penalty and Giovani Lo Celso inside eight minutes but Mura pulled one back at the start of the second half thanks to a stunner by Ziga Kous.

Nuno reacted with a triple-substitution, introducing Kane, Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura on hour in a move that both turned the game and spoke to the heat on the manager, who could scarcely afford another poor result after three damning defeats in the Premier League.

We hadn’t spoken about [me coming on],” Kane told BT Sport. “It was all depending on how the game was going.

“The momentum shifted in their favour. It was about coming on and doing a job for the team.

“Us as players and staff need to stick together and work hard. Our recent form has not been great but we need to try to turn it round next game.

“Every striker wants to score goals. I probably wasn’t expecting to come on today but it’s nice to get the minutes. Whenever you see the ball hit the back of the net it’s a good feeling. Hopefully we can take it into the weekend.

“We started the game really well, went two ahead, but we lost our way a little bit,” Kane added. “They scored a great goal.

“We made it harder than we needed to.

“It was nice to come off the bench and score a few goals.”

It was Kane’s 16th career hat-trick and asked if he was running out of space for his match balls he said:“No, there’s always room for more. Hopefully a few more this season.”

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