Tottenham Hotspur earn a dramatic three points in their last ever Premier League game against West Ham at White Hart Lane. These three points once again propel Spurs within touching distance of the top four, only one point off rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.
It was far from the best performance of the season, but the composure the players sometimes lacked was made up entirely from passion. Players like Harry Winks and Harry Kane relished in such a moment. Within the first 25 minutes of the game, Tottenham saw themselves down 1 – 0 after Michail Antonio headed it in after the ball dropped to Winston Reid in the box.
The Lillywhites were not down and out however, after a superb Janssen effort was saved from Randolph, youngster Harry Winks was there hovering in the box to tap it home and level it up.
This game was not short of surprises and that is exactly what we got after Mike Dean awarded a penalty to West Ham due to Janssen bringing down Reid in the box. Manuel Lanzini stepped up to take the penalty and calmly slotted in past Hugo Lloris to once again take the Hammers in front.
The Tottenham team was once again deflated. For the next 20 minutes of the game, West Ham looked the side more likely to nick another goal. Simone Zaza had a golden opportunity to make it 3 – 1 after some dazzling play from Payet but hit it straight at Lloris who was standing tall in the Tottenham goal.
Then on, the game lacked intensity with West Ham trying to protect what they had and Tottenham pushing to get an equaliser. Substitutions were made by both managers, with Mauricio Pochettino bringing on Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli in the later stages of the game. These substitutions were crucial in Tottenham’s comeback, especially Son on the left hand side of the field. Spurs looked defeated and the game was all but over until Harry Kane was able to latch onto a stray ball in the penalty box after some great play from non other than Son to make it 2 – 2 in the 89th minute of the game.
After the initial 90 minutes were played, the fourth official held up the board and showed that 6 minutes were rightfully going to be added on. A mixture of injuries to West Ham players and some debatable time wasting tactics from the Hammers may have been their own downfall. The crowd was roaring and there was for the first time in the game a sense of belief that Tottenham could go on to win this game.
Heung-Min Son once again took the game by the scruff of its neck after making a darting run into the West Ham box which resulted in West Ham substitute, Havard Nordtveit, sliding in and giving away a penalty in the 90th minute. Tottenham’s main man, Harry Kane stepped up to take the penalty and like many before smashed it to the keepers right, giving Randolph no chance to save it.
Pure jubilation rang round White Hart Lane with fans singing to their hearts content. For the first time in the match the supporters had something to sing and shout about. After 6 minutes of added time was played, Mike Dean reached for his whistle and for the last time in the game blew it. A huge sigh of relief went up all around the ground, with Tottenham fans everyone asking one another, how did we win that?
Tottenham now have their first win in 7 games and also extend their unbeaten streak to 12 games in the Premier League.
Between The Sticks –
Hugo Lloris: 6/10.
Although the keeper did not make too many individual errors yesterday, conceding two goals is something that Spurs do not do often and its almost certain that Lloris will not want it to happen again.
Kyle Walker: 7/10.
Darting forward runs was once again key to Walkers game, although his defensive duties may have not been up to par.
Eric Dier: 6/10.
Slotting back into defence did not prove problematic to the English international, as he kept calm in possession and carried out his defensive duties well.
Jan Vertonghen: 7/10.
Much like Dier, possession football was key to Vertonghen’s game, playing many good balls forward and regularly trying to get Tottenham on the front foot.
Danny Rose: 7/10.
Once again. forwards runs were the biggest part of Rose’s game, he also tried to link midfield to attack, providing width throughout the game.
Victor Wanyama: 7/10.
Playing alongside Dembele has seemed relatively comfortable, as Wanyama carried out all tasks that were asked of him.
Mousa Dembele: 6/10.
Taken off for Dele Alli summed up Dembele’s game – still very good in midfield, just not the best we’ve seen him play.
Harry Winks: 8/10.
The youngsters first start for Tottenham in the Premier League proved a great one, scoring one and setting attacks up all game.
Christian Eriksen: 4/10.
Once again a very poor performance from Eriksen as he has once again looked off the pace for Tottenham.
Vincent Janssen: 5/10.
Vincent has found it hard to settle in and this was apparent once again as he didn’t have many chances throughout the game and gave away a penalty to West Ham which fortunately for him didn’t prove costly in the end..
Harry Kane: 9/10.
Kane has once again proved he is a big game player, scoring two late goals two get his team out of jail and push them closer to the top four once again.
Kieran Trippier: 5/10.
Came on for Kyle Walker when he seemingly picked up a knock and got forward in the closing stages of the game – attempting to put crosses into the box.
Dele Alli: 6/10.
Not the best performance, after regularly losing possession to the West Ham defence.
Heung Min Son: 8/10.
Son changed the whole game after he came on and was one of the main reasons why Spurs came back into the game.
Man of The Match:
MOTM has to go to Harry Kane after he once again bailed out Tottenham after a once again very lackluster performance. Although Kane may have not got the support he wanted, he kept on pushing and finally reaped the rewards with his two goals late on.
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