Harry Kane on key to finishing in top four and what Tottenham Hotspur need to improve on

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Harry Kane reflects on Tottenham Hotspur’s victory over Queens Park Rangers and look ahead to next weekend’s Premier League clash against Manchester United.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has told BBC Sport that the key to finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season is consistency.

The England Under-21 international made the comments following Spurs’ 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers away from home on Saturday.

Kane scored both the goals for Tottenham, as they picked up maximum points from the London derby at Loftus Road.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are now sixth in the Premier League table with 50 points from 28 matches, just three points behind Manchester United, who are fourth.

Liverpool are only a point ahead of Spurs in sixth, while seventh-placed Southampton are just a point behind the North London outfit.

Arsenal are third but a mere point ahead of United, which means that the race for the final two Champions League places (after Chelsea and Manchester City) is between five teams.

Kane believe that Spurs can end up in the top four, but only if they maintain consistency and put together a run of positive results.

"There are a lot of top teams up there (competing for the top four) and whoever can put a run together will be right up there,” the 21-year-old told BBC Sport. “That’s what we are hoping to do and it's a big game at Old Trafford next week.”

Tottenham’s next Premier League clash is against United at Old Trafford next weekend, and that game could prove to be massive for both teams.

While Spurs will head into the fixture with confidence, they must know that there is one area where they have struggled throughout the season: finishing off games early.

“It's a massive win, we always seem to be winning 2-1,” said Kane. “We looked in control, but we looked in control the other night and Hugo Lloris had to make a big save. So we have to improve in killing teams off.”

Tottenham have not kept a clean sheet in their last 21 Premier League matches, which means that defence is the area that Pochettino needs to work on this week.

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