It happened again, but this time to West Ham
08:56 23 February 2015
Our West Ham blogger was not impressed with Tottenham, despite their last-gasp point
There is an ugly and familiar theme running through West Ham’s second half of the season; the inability to hold on to leads.
West Brom (H) Swansea (A) Man United (H) Spurs (A) with the exception of West Brom who merited their point we should’ve won the rest and good God if we had we’d still in the mix for fourth.
It shows how far we’ve come that we’ve completely outplayed Spurs, somehow, someway they’ve snuck a point and celebrated like they’d clinched the title, in years gone by it would’ve been the other way around.
I don’t rate this Spurs side; in my opinion they’re not a patch on the great team they had a few years back with Bale, Modric, Defoe, Van der Vaart etc. The fact we comfortably outplayed them is no great shock, the fact we came away with a point is no crumb of consolation.
Once again when Allardyce’s position is being called into question he’s managed to produce a top performance; a performance that should’ve yielded yet another win at the Lane. If the club choose not to renew the big man’s contract they simply must have a stellar name lined up to replace him.
Whether the #Allardyceout brigade want to admit it or not the fact is that when Sam replaced the shambolic Avram Grant we’d just been relegated having finished bottom of the league, four years later and we’re sitting eighth in the league, we all would’ve taken that after relegation was confirmed at the DW stadium in the 10/11 season with the last kick of the game.
There are causes for optimism despite the pain gnawing away into our collective chests every time we mentally picture Harry Kane tumbling like a felled tree under the slightest of contact. The return of Winston Reid was a welcome sight; he may be off in the summer but I thought he kept English football’s latest golden boy in check throughout the entirety of the contest. And of course there’s Cheikhou Kouyate who’s form and performances have been very impressive of late; his mobility, physical presence and goals make a sizeable difference to our play.
The other major positive to take from that most gut-wrenching of draws is there are signs that the Sakho and Valencia partnership which terrorised the league for the first half of the season may well be having a little renaissance.
Sakho took his goal well and the Spurs defence struggled all game to deal with the pace of Valencia...oh if only Enner had taken THAT chance at 0-2.
Crystal Palace at home next up and a win is vital especially with Arsenal and Chelsea back to back looming ominously, if we can match recent performances (excluding West Brom of course) a return to winning ways won’t be too far away.
Oh and if you simply can’t get over the Kane’s theatrics just watch the Hammers fan’s parody of the Chelsea metro; that video can’t help but put a smile on your face...same old West Ham taking the...mick.