Kanoute pleased to be back

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Freddie Kanoute says he was just happy to be back after making a goalscoring return to action for Tottenham.

The French striker missed six games with an ankle injury but looked sharp when he came off the bench for the final 15 minutes of the 3-1 Carling Cup fourth round victory over Manchester City at White Hart Lane.

The icing on the cake came when he scored the third goal deep into stoppage time, getting on the end of Paul Konchesky's cross, to make it seven goals in his last seven games.

"I couldn't have come back in a better situation," said Kanoute.

"I have to thank the team because they played a brilliant, brilliant game and I came on at the end and just had to finish it off.

"Fifteen minutes was a good time for me, I've been struggling a little in the last week but it's improving again and I think I need a couple more weeks to be completely fit.

"It's a great feeling to be back. I'm just happy to score. To come on at the end like that is ideal for me at the moment.

"But I give full credit to the team. The first 20 minutes were excellent and we played some amazing football. We were the better side all over the pitch."

The Carling Cup has proved a good competition for Spurs strikers so far. Bobby Zamora scored his first goal for the club when he grabbed the extra-time winner against West Ham in the previous round.

Last night it was the turn of Portuguese striker Helder Postiga to deliver his first goal since his summer move, notching the second after Darren Anderton opened the scoring.

Postiga has been regarded as one of the best players in training but until last night he had not done it on the pitch, and caretaker manager David Pleat was delighted for the 20-year-old, who was booked for removing his shirt to celebrate.

"I am delighted for Helder," said Pleat. "He is only 20, he is in another country and he has scored a goal. He'll grow from that."

City, meanwhile, face Everton on Sunday looking to arrest a slump which has seen them go six matches without a win, and manager Kevin Keegan is looking for a response from his players.

"You have to roll up your sleeves and battle like we did in the second half against Spurs," he said. "That is the minimum requirement in this league and if some of my players didn't know it then they know it now.

"We'll have to battle for the right to play football against Everton - something we didn't do against Spurs until the game was almost beyond us. At some stage in the season every manager has to tell his players that their performance is not good enough for the club and they are better than that, so I am not on my own in this.

"We are ninth in the Premiership and there are about six points between the rest of us - that is everyone apart from Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal."

Tottenham's reward for victory over City is a home clash with Middlesbrough.