Spurs 3-2 West Ham United: (match report)
“Sitting in the North stand and watching Harry Kane win us the match against West Ham with a dramatic late winner, was a phenomenal feeling, the atmosphere and importance of Kane’s goal was a special, special moment.”
The above quotation was my post-match thoughts after watching our thrilling 3-2 victory over rivals West Ham on Saturday at the Lane, as Mauricio Pochettino’s lads dug deep to grab a sensational late winner to end their winless run of seven matches to go within four points of league leaders Chelsea. The game started slowly with Spurs enjoying the majority of possession however, it was the Hammers who took the lead after Michail Antonio headed home for the east London club on 24 minutes to give Slaven Bilić’s side an unexpected lead. The goal came about after Cheikou Kouyate headed the ball against the crossbar from the resulting corner, with the ball coming to Winston Reid who hit an effort towards goal, in which the alert Antonio headed past Lloris from close range.
The remainder of the first half saw an uninspired spurs struggle to create any meaningful chances, with the lillywhites lacking the energy to threaten for an equaliser. The opening minutes of the second half saw a revitalised Spurs and just six minutes into the second half Spurs drew level after Harry Winks got his first goal for Spurs, on his first ever Premier league start. Danny Rose crossed to Janssen in the box; Janssen powered an effort at goal which Darren Randolph denied with a fine save. However, the ball fell to the feet of Winks who jabbed the ball home to create a proud and memorable moment for the academy graduate. Our good start to the second half almost continued just five minutes later after Eric Dier met Danny Rose’s excellent cross inside the box, only to see his powerful header denied by the legs of Randolph, who pulled off a terrific save to keep the scores level pegging.
Despite such a bright start to the second half from Pochettino’s side, the lillywhites suffered a major setback on 58 minutes after Janssen conceded a penalty after bringing down Winston Reid in the penalty area, after trying to defend the in swinging corner. The Hammers Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini regained the lead for the east London club after he sent Lloris the wrong way to convert his penalty. The game fell flat in the minutes that followed, with Spurs unable to produce any clear cut chances, but with the game drawing to a close Pochettino brought on Son who changed the course of the game. Son brought much needed pace to the game and the South Korean international made an almost instant impact following his introduction. After receiving the ball from Alli on the left wing, Son whipped a low cross into the box which Randolph tipped into the path of Kane, who guided the ball into the back of the net from close range, sending the crowd into delirium.
The fourth official signalled that there would be six minutes of additional time and there was a feeling in the ground that Spurs would grab a late winner. That late winner came in the 91st minute, after Harvard Nordtveit brought down Son inside the penalty area giving referee Mike Dean no choice but to point to the spot. The responsibility rested upon the shoulders of Harry Kane who was the coolest person in the stadium as he fired the ball past Randolph to send the Lane into a deafening sound of sheer delight. What a fantastic match it was on Saturday, no Spurs fan will forget that game in a hurry, and it was a much needed win that will no doubt boost the lads confidence ahead of an important run of games. COYS
My MOTM: Harry Winks: Winks was superb, the 20 year old midfielder passed the ball about really well, and was incredibly confident and composed. Winks scored his first ever goal for Spurs and the England under 21 international didn’t put a foot wrong the whole match.
Spurs (4-4-2): Lloris (c); Walker (Trippier 89), Vertonghen, Dier, Rose; Winks, Dembele (Son 73), Wanyama, Eriksen; Kane, Janssen (Alli 68). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Onomah.
West Ham (4-3-2-1): Randolph; Antonio, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Lanzini, Kouyate; Obiang, Ayew (Fernandes 61), Payet (Nordtveit 84); Sakho (Zaza 60). Substitutes (not used): Adrian, Collins, Feghouli, Fletcher.
Goals: Spurs – Winks 51, Kane 89, 91 (pen); West Ham – Antonio 24, Lanzini 68 (pen).
Yellow cards: Spurs – Dembele, Walker, Rose; West Ham – Lanzini, Reid.
Red card: West Ham – Reid.
Referee: Mike Dean.