Tottenham deny West Ham the win with last-gasp goal
PUBLISHED: 14:15 22 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:16 23 February 2015
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Harry Kane scored in the last second as West Ham surrender two-goal lead
Tottenham Hotspur 2 West Ham United 2
The Hammers hearts were broken at White Hart Lane, where hot-shot Harry Kane rescued a point for Spurs with the last kick of the match.
After being bundled down in stoppage time, the Tottenham striker saw his penalty parried by Adrian, but he followed up to lash home the rebound to deny West Ham United victory.
Sam Allardyce’s side had been 2-0 up with just 10 minutes remaining thanks to Cheikhou Kouyate’s first-half header and Diafra Sakho’s strike on the hour, but in a rousing finish Danny Rose pulled one back for the hosts before Kane struck that killer blow. with his 24th goal of the season.
Following last Saturday’s forlorn FA Cup exit at West Bromwich Albion, the Hammers, sitting in eighth spot - two places and five points behind Tottenham - made just one change from the side that succumbed to that Baggies’ battering as fit-again Winston Reid replaced substitute Kevin Nolan.
And eight days on, Big Sam’s side still looked shell-shocked in the early stages as an acrobatic Adrian was forced to divert Nabil Bentalb’s 30-yarder over his left-hand angle and, with West Ham failing to clear the consequent corner, the Algerian then tried his luck with a low 18-yarder that the Spanish ‘keeper held.
Then, on 10 minutes, Kane ghosted between James Tomkins and Reid but with the advancing Adrian in no-man’s land, the Spurs striker could only prod his shot on to the base of the right-hand post.
Spurs had made half-dozen changes following their 1-1 draw with Fiorentina in the Europa Cup’s round of 32 on Thursday evening and that meant returns for Kane, Erik Lamela, Eric Dier, Rose, Ryan Mason and Mousa Dembele in place of Paulinho and the benched quintet of Roberto Soldado, Ben Davies, Federico Fazio, Nacer Chadli plus Christian Eriksen.
Certainly, Mauricio Pochettino’s side were holding the upper hand and, although the Hammers were matching the hosts tackle-for-tackle, apart from a wayward Carl Jenkinson effort, they had shown nothing in the final third.
But with 21 minutes on the clock, the visitors made their first meaningful attack of the afternoon count, when Mark Noble picked out Aaron Cresswell’s run to the by-line and, when the left back sent his hanging cross to the edge of the six-yard box, Kouyate climbed between Dier and Jan Vertonghen to send a powerful header beyond Hugo Lloris.
In reply, the headlong Rose raced on to Kane’s clever forward chip only to deposit his diving effort on to the roof of Adrian’s net, while Mason also fired a low 18-yarder wide.
Buoyed by their unexpected lead and roared on by their ecstatic East End support amongst the derby day crowd, the Hammers might even have doubled their lead before the break but Lloris managed to smother Enner Valencia’s point-blank shot on the turn and the only black mark on an excellent first-half for Big Sam was Mark Noble’s late booking for trying to swap shirts with Andros Townsend.
Eriksen replaced Dembele for the restart and, within minutes, Cresswell was also yellow-carded for trying that jersey exchange with Townsend, who was soon to be replaced by Soldado.
Indeed, as the hour-mark approached, Sakho had a fantastic chance to put more daylight between east and north London but after racing on to Noble’s throughball, his six-yarder was beaten aside by Lloris.
The Senegal striker did not have to wait long for his 11th goal of the season, though, and on 61 minutes having seen his low ball into the danger-zone elude the in-rushing Valencia, Sakho then ghosted in behind Rose to fire home Noble’s return cross to the far post from the tightest of tight angles.
Having gone two-up, the excitement got to Noble, who was extremely fortunate not to receive a second yellow for scything through the back of Bentaleb.
Still with 11 men, the Hammers continued to press and when Reid headed goalwards, Lloris had to be at his best to scramble away Valencia’s two-yarder and, after Noble was replaced by Carlton Cole for his own protection, Matt Jarvis came on for the Ecuador striker.
With a quarter-hour remaining, Kane found the net but his six-yarder was ruled out by an offisde flag but, on 80 minutes, Spurs did finally hit the target, when Adrian met Eriksen’s cross with a meek, weak punch and Rose sent an 18-yarder bouncing into the White Hart Lane turf and under the unguarded right-angle.
Not surprisingly, that set up a frantic, feisty finale that saw Soldado brilliantly foiled by Adrian and substitute Cole hobbled away to be replaced by James Collins but just when the Hammers looked set for a hard-earned victory, Alex Song shoved Kane to the deck with just seconds remaining.
Having dusted himself down, Kane saw his spot-kick saved by Adrian but the Spurs striker reacted quickest to fire home the rebound and salvage a point for Spurs with the last kick of an enthralling encounter.
SPURS: Lloris, Walker, Rose, Vertonghan, Dier, Townsend (Soldado 59), Mason (Chadli 79), Dembele (Eriksen h/t), Bentalab, Lamela, Kane. Unused subs: Vorm, Fazio, Stambouli, Davies.
HAMMERS: Adrian, Jenkinson, Cresswell, Tomkins, Reid, Kouyate, Song, Noble (Cole 67, Collins 85), Downing, Valencia (Jarvis 74), Sakho. Unused subs: Jaaskelainen, Nolan, O’Brien, Collins, Demel.
Booked: Noble (45+1), Cresswell (52)
Referee: Jon Moss