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Pochettino says Kane being awarded goal 'isn't a big issue'

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Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham's second goal at Stoke last weekend being awarded to Harry Kane is "not a big issue".

Kane was given the goal by the Premier League on Thursday after it was originally awarded to Christian Eriksen, taking his league tally this season to 25 and keeping him in the race for a third successive Golden Boot.

The decision has been met with some scepticism, not least from Kane's Golden Boot rival Mohamed Salah, but boss Pochettino is relaxed about the situation.

He said: "Of course after the game, Harry said, 'I touched the ball with my right shoulder'. He told Christian.

"Harry's a very honest person, he's not going to lie about this situation. But it's not a big issue, not a big deal for the team."

Pochettino has gone on record as not caring who scored the goal, while also suggesting the decision to appeal it was not down to him.

"I care about the goal because it provided us the three points but all that happens after is more players' decisions or the club's decision," he added.

"I don't care who scored the goal, I care about the three points.

"But that was a club decision to appeal. I wasn't involved in this decision.

"Of course I think and I'm sure that Harry and Christian were agreed to do this, but no one says to me what was going to happen.

Kane awarded Spurs' second against Stoke

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Harry Kane has been handed a boost in his bid for a third successive Premier League Golden Boot after being awarded Tottenham's second goal at Stoke.

The goal was originally given to Christian Eriksen but after Spurs appealed to the Premier League's goal accreditation appeals panel the decision was overturned and Kane's tally now stands at 25, four behind leading scorer Mo Salah.

The decision also means that Kane's overall tally is 36, representing the most prolific season of his career.

Kane was adamant he got a touch on Eriksen's wicked free-kick at Stoke, which turned out to be the decisive moment in a 2-1 win.

It was officially awarded to the Dane, but after Kane swore on his daughter's life after the game that he got a touch the Premier League have made the change.

They said in a statement: "The goal had originally been awarded on the day to Christian Eriksen, but after taking the player's testimony into account and reviewing the match footage, a three-person panel agreed that the final touch on the ball belonged to Kane."

Kane won the Golden Boot in both 2015-16 and 2016-17 with 25 and 29 goals respectively, but he still faces a battle for a hat-trick given the fine form of Liverpool's Salah.

The England striker, who has just returned from an ankle injury, has six games to try and haul back Salah, starting with the visit of Manchester City on Saturday.

Salah, who has scored 11 goals in his last eight Premier League games, appeared to question the decision on Twitter.

Kane 'goal' decision to be made on Wednesday

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Harry Kane will not have to wait long to find out whether he scored his 25th Premier League goal of the season against Stoke last weekend.

The Tottenham striker claimed he had touched in Christian Eriksen's free-kick with his shoulder for Spurs' second goal in the 2-1 victory but it was awarded to the Dane.

Kane said: "I swear on my daughter's life that I touched the ball, but there's nothing I can do. If they (the Premier League) turn it around, they turn it around. If they take my word, they take my word."

Tottenham have appealed to the Premier League to have the goal given to Kane and the issue was being looked at on Tuesday, with a decision likely to be made by Wednesday.

Kane has not scored since February 25 - with his momentum stalled by an ankle injury - and his tally of 24 Premier League goals puts him five behind Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot.

Kane remains confident he can pip Salah irrespective of how the appeal turns out, saying: "I still believe I can. Whatever happens, there are still games to go. I've got to focus on my game. I can't control what he does.

"Obviously as a striker, it would be great to win the Golden Boot again and I will keep working hard from now until the end of the season."

Tottenham have six league games left, with the their next clash coming against Manchester City on Saturday, while Liverpool have five matches remaining.

Spurs striker Kane confident of beating Salah to Golden Boot

Kane is trying to claim a goal that was given to Eriksen. Credit: PA

Tottenham striker Harry Kane remains confident he can pip Liverpool's Mohamed Salah to the Premier League's Golden Boot.

Kane is bidding to finish the campaign as the division's top scorer for a third successive season, a feat no player has managed since Thierry Henry did it between 2003 and 2006.

Yet Kane, who has scored 24 times in the league, currently trails Salah by five goals having seen the Egyptian bag five against Watford and Crystal Palace while his nearest rival was out injured last month.

Spurs have six top-flight games remaining, while the Reds only have five, and Kane is convinced he can surpass Salah's total haul.

"I still believe I can," the England international said. "Look, whatever happens, there are still games to go.

"I've got to focus on my game. I can't control what he does.

"Obviously as a striker, it would be great to win the Golden Boot again and I will keep working hard from now until the end of the season."

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