English Premiership

Wanyama delight with debut goal

2016-08-22 09:58
Victor Wanyama (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Victor Wanyama was ecstatic with his home debut goal that secured all three points for Tottenham in their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The 25-year-old Kenya international headed home from close range with just ten minutes of the match remaining at White Hart Lane to hand his new side their first victory of the season.

And speaking to the club's official website after the tie, Wanyama revealed just how much it meant to get off the mark for Spurs.

He said: "It means the world to me, getting a goal on my debut in front of our fans is amazing. It’s maybe the only thing I could ask this year!

"The fans were unbelievable and that goal, I can’t describe it - a special goal for me."

Wanyama, who scored with a flicked header after Harry Kane had met Erik Lamela’s corner, explained: "I saw Harry go for it, I knew he would attack the ball and I reacted to it and had a clear header. I couldn’t ask for more, it was a great set-piece and a team goal. It was just a matter of time."

He added: "We had a lot of chances, created a lot but didn’t get a goal. We had to dig deep and work harder and harder. We were patient and at the end, we got our goal.

"It feels special to have won that game and when you get that first win, you also get that confidence. We can build from here and now we’ll see next week."

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, underlined just how important it was for his side to pick up their first win, after an opening-day draw with Everton, last time out.

"It’s very important for us, a massive victory," he said. It’s true it’s at the beginning but it’s always important to put that pressure away.

"I remember last season we needed to work hard to get the first victory, now it’s important to follow up in the week and try to be ready to compete next week."

Up next for Spurs is a mouthwatering home tie with Liverpool, on Saturday.

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