Late Tottenham goals sink West Ham in cruel defeat
PUBLISHED: 19:57 19 November 2016 | UPDATED: 08:59 20 November 2016
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The Hammers led twice but Harry Kane won the game for Tottenham late on
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It was an evening of White Hart pain for West Ham United, who saw apparent victory turn to certain defeat inside three mad minutes as Harry Kane struck twice to give unbeaten Tottenham Hotspur three late, late points.
Although Michail Antonio’s sixth goal of the season had given the Hammers an interval lead, Harry Winks marked his first Premier League start with a goal just after the restart, before Manuel Lanzini had looked to end the visitors rotten record at White Hart Lane with a penalty midway through the second period.
But just as West Ham seemed on course to end Spurs unbeaten 11-game start to the season and notch only their second win in 15 visits to the Lane, Kane levelled with just two minutes remaining, before then slamming home a stoppage-time winner from the spot.
Winston Reid’s late dismissal for two stoppage-time bookings merely compounded the East End misery and, certainly, the Hammers will be pleased to see the back of Spurs old stadium once and for all.
West Ham had arrived in north London with just one win in their last 14 visits and, with his team languishing in 17th-spot following their disappointing 1-1 draw against Stoke City a fortnight ago, no-nonsense, Slaven Bilić bravely switched keepers as Adrián made way for Darren Randolph, while Reid and fit-again Diafra Sakho came in for substitute James Collins and suspended skipper, Mark Noble.
Despite kicking-off in fifth-spot, Spurs had not won for seven games in all competitions and, following their 1-1 draw at Arsenal last time out, Mauricio Pochettino made two changes as Winks and Eric Dier replaced substitutes Heung-Min Son and Kevin Wimmer.
Certainly, Winks wasted no time firing a 20-yarder a couple of feet wide before Christian Eriksen rifled into the net only to see his celebrations cut short by an offside flag and, with West Ham restricted to the counter-attack, Kane also sent another long-ranger sailing over Randolph’s right-hand angle.
On 13 minutes, Antonio replied with an effort from distance but Hugo Lloris was untroubled and, ten minutes later, when Spurs failed to clear West Ham’s first corner of the afternoon, the wide-boy forced a second flag-kick with a deflected shot.
And when Dimitri Payet curled that consequent corner into the Spurs area, Cheikhou Kouyaté climbed highest to send a header crashing back off the crossbar to Reid, whose 12-yard shot was nodded over the line by Antonio.
That opener sent the East End fans into raptures and, after Lanzini was cautioned for dumping Danny Rose on the White Hart Lane turf, Vincent Janssen escaped punishment for an over-enthusiastic shove on Kouyaté, who fell awkwardly into Bilić’s technical area.
But ten minutes before the break, Mousa Dembele did go into referee Mike Dean’s book for a body-check on Sakho and although it was perfect range for Payet, his free-kick cannoned off the Spurs wall to leave Antonio’s goal separating the two teams at the interval.
Just four minutes into the second period, though, Spurs levelled when Janssen found himself with space on the left side of the Hammers area and while Randolph brilliantly clawed the point-blank shot away, the unmarked Winks was in the six-yard box to gobble up the rebound.
That leveller was the cue for Spurs to turn the screw as Rose had a goal-bound scorcher charged down and then Randolph miraculously blocked Dier’s downward header with his right ankle to the disbelief of everyone in the sell-out crowd.
With Simone Zaza and Edimilson Fernandes replacing the tiring Andre Ayew and and Sakho on the hour, both Antonio and Rose were booked for fouling each other in quick succession.
But midway through the half, another foul would prove more telling, when Janssen dragged down Reid as both players went in pursuit of a Payet corner and, with the disciplinarian Mr Dean pointing to the spot, Lanzini comfortably sent the resultant penalty into the bottom left-hand corner as Lloris headed in the opposite direction.
As those West Ham fans rejoiced once more, Janssen was immediately hooked by Pochettino, who pitched Dele Alli into the fray before also replacing Dembele with Son but with Spurs now pressing both Zaza and Payet could have ended the contest.
That second Spurs switch was, however, destined to change the course of the contest and, on 88 minutes, Son’s low cross from the left side of the area eluded the outstretched glove of Randolph and that left Kane with a simple far post tap-in.
Things then got yet worse for the Hammers in stoppage time, when substitute Havard Nordtveit – on for Payet - was harshly adjudged to have brought down Son as the two jinked and jostled in the area and with referee Dean again pointing to the spot, Kane lashed the award beyond the outstretched right hand of Randolph and inside the left-hand post.
It was cruel blow for Bilić’s boys, who has seen their lead evaporate into the cold north London air within three manic minutes and a disappointing evening ended with yet more drama as Reid was dismissed for two quickfire fouls on Kane and Son.
SPURS: Lloris, Walker (Trippier, 88), Rose, Vertonghen, Dier, Wanyama, Dembele (Son 72), Winks, Eriksen, Janssen (Alli 67), Kane. Unused subs: Vorm, Onomah, Wimmer, Carter-Vickers.
HAMMERS: Randolph, Antonio, Cresswell, Reid, Ogbonna, Kouyaté, Obiang, Lanzini, Payet (Nordtveit 83), Sakho, (Zaza 60), Ayew (Fernandes 60). Unused subs: Adrián, Feghouli, Collins, Fletcher.
Bookings: Lanzini (31), Dembele (35), Rose (62), Antonio (64), Reid (90+2)
Sent-Off: Reid (90+6)
Referee: Mike Dean
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