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Delighted Conte keen for injured Spurs stars to return

Harry Kane has now scored 198 goals in his first 300 Premier League appearances, beating Alan Shearer's old record of 196.

What a time for striker Harry Kane to keep Tottenham’s top-four hopes alive and for Son Heung-Min to return to scoring ways.

Antonio Conte is hoping to get some of his injured Spurs stars back to fitness as they continue their quest for a top-four finish this season.

The Italian expressed his joy after his Lilywhites registered their first win since the World Cup break by beating Patrick Vieira's Eagles at Selhurst Park on Wednesday.

England captain Harry Kane's 14th and 15th goals of the 2022-23 Premier League campaign as well as goals from Heung-min Son and Matt Doherty handed Spurs a deserved 4-0 last night.

However, a delighted Conte said that his players needed the 'confidence' to get back to winning ways and that makes him 'happy'.

The Italian coach told BBC Sport: “We started the game well. We created difficulties for Palace. After 20-25 minutes we lost a bit of possession and had a few situations to concede a goal.

"My players tried to play again and to exploit the situation. We moved the ball very well in midfield and moved it from one side to the other. I’m really happy. Kane has scored twice, also Sonny. Finally, he scored. He’s an important player for us. He needed to score for his confidence.

“Finally the most important thing is facing this period with many young payers. We started with Gil, Skippy and they played very well. Sarr played really well. It was the first game for White. A lot of positive things. Tomorrow is another day. You have to start to think of the next game. We want to go to the next round of the FA Cup. Today was very important to get three points.

“Against Aston Villa the game was positive, especially the first half. We dominated the game. Then we conceded the goal and I understood it killed our confidence. Maybe it was one of the few times that happened. In many situations when we went down, we showed great character to come back and win the game. Today it was important. It showed we are in a good moment. The players needed confidence. It was important for our fans. They need to understand we need them. Our fans are really important to us.

“We started the second part of the season with 2-2 against Brentford and to see their last result [beating Liverpool], maybe it was a good result. We lost to Aston Villa, now a good win against Crystal Palace. I hope to rediscover some of the injured players because you know the importance to have all players available. The response makes me happy.”

'Important that we didn't concede first'

Spurs defender Matt Doherty: " Palace away is not an easy game I thought we started the first 10-15 minutes quite well and then they kind of took over. But, look, we in the game managed to get through to half time, it was very important that we didn't concede first as we know what our record has been like lately.

"But it just goes to show that when we do score first the confidence starts to fly out of everybody and it kind of shows what we are capable of."

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