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matt finish Matt Doherty gives his verdict as five-star Tottenham take Newcastle apart

Kane was influential in Spurs’ 5-1 rout of Newcastle.

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Tottenham Hotspur's Matt Doherty celebrates scoring their second goal in the Premier League win over Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

Tottenham Hotspur's Matt Doherty celebrates scoring their second goal in the Premier League win over Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

Tottenham Hotspur's Matt Doherty celebrates scoring their second goal in the Premier League win over Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte hopes the club can keep Harry Kane satisfied after his striker put in another standout display in the 5-1 thrashing of Newcastle.

The England captain did not score, but notched another assist and again showcased his exquisite passing range as Spurs enhanced their top-four chances in the Premier League.

After falling behind to Fabian Schar’s first-half free-kick, goals from Ben Davies, Matt Doherty, Son Heung-min, Emerson Royal and Steven Bergwijn moved them above north London rivals Arsenal, who visit Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Kane is going to be key to where Spurs end up, but even if he helps deliver Champions League qualification his future is sure to come under renewed speculation in the summer.

Conte says that Kane deserves the best and hopes they can “continue together”.

“I am happy for him because we are talking about a world-class striker,” the Italian said.

“He deserves the best because he is a great worker, a hard worker, this is not normal. Normally the player that has talent doesn’t like to work hard.

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Harry Kane was in fine form for Tottenham (Nick Potts/PA)

Harry Kane was in fine form for Tottenham (Nick Potts/PA)

Harry Kane was in fine form for Tottenham (Nick Potts/PA)

“In my career I didn’t have a great talent and for this reason I worked hard. What I liked from him from the first time was his availability, he was a big example for his team-mates.

“When you see him work in this way, for sure you have the desire to work and work very hard. For this reason I want to thank him, he is always a big example for everything and I hope to give him satisfaction.

“I think he is now enjoying playing this type of football and we have to try to continue together. I am seeing many players with great improvement.”

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Kane, along with Son and Dejan Kulusevski, have spearheaded an upturn in results, which has seen Spurs win five of their last six league games.

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Son Heung-min scores (Nick Potts/PA)

Son Heung-min scores (Nick Potts/PA)

Son Heung-min scores (Nick Potts/PA)

While Arsenal still have games in hand, Spurs are firmly in the top-four race

“I have seen my team that now is in the race because I have seen great improvement,” the Italian said.

“In this race there are other teams that maybe are in this moment they have an advantage and I think Arsenal has to play two games. Don’t forget (Manchester) United, an amazing squad. West Ham, Wolverhampton are having a fantastic season and this league is very, very difficult but I’m happy because hard work is paying off.

“Now we have to be happy, also tomorrow, but then from Tuesday when we start to work we think about an important game against Aston Villa.

“It won’t be easy to go there and take a good result but we have eight games, eight finals for us, and every games it will be very important to get points and continue to dream to finish in the Champions League this season.”

Things started well for Newcastle as they contained Spurs and then went ahead in the 38th minute as Schar struck a low free-kick.

But things quickly went south as Spurs levelled only four minutes later and then went ahead three minutes after the restart, prompting a four-goal glut in the second half.

”They came out and played well and caused us a bit of trouble in the first half. We didn't really get going,” reflected Ireland's Matt Doherty.

”At half-time we just said to stay calm and trust our game and the ability and that chances would come.

”The manager wants us to defend at the back post and be at the back post at the other end. I was fortunate enough to score and set one up and contribute to the win.

”Goal difference didn't cross my mind at all really. It was just to get the game won. Four and five are the bonus really. All we can do is focus on what we are doing and the pressure goes on to other teams.”

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