Spurs and West Ham share points with goal of the season contenders
05 January, 2018 — By Dan Carrier at Wembley
FA Premier League
SPURS 1 (Son 84)
WEST HAM UNITED 1 (Obiang 70)
SPURS snatched a draw tonight (Thursday) in a game they should have won after peppering West Ham’s goal with effort after effort but seeing their visitors score a superb opener with their only shot on target – and then relying on a late equaliser to share the points.
Pedro Obiang gave the Hammers the lead on 70 minutes with a scorching long ranger that left Hugo Lloris with no chance – but Heung-Min Son conjured up an answer in the last 10, leaving Spurs three points off the top four.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said he was disappointed with the result after watching his players dominate. His side had 31 shots in total – with eight on target – compared to just one for the visitors.
He said: “Sometimes this happens that you push, you force, you create chances. Sometimes you score off three chances. “Today it was 31 attempts, but just one goal ”
He added his players had done all they could after playing Swansea just 48 hours ago.
He added: “I am happy with the performance after the two games.”
And he said he felt Spurs could still make the top four.
He said: “I am not worried. We are close. It is still the middle of the season. We will keep going.”
Harry Kane thought he had opened his account for 2018 when he scooped home off West Ham defender Winston Reid in the opening five minutes but the flag had rightly gone up for off side.
It was the start of a 90 minute siege: the striker then forced Adrian into a sprawling save and moments later Son saw a shot punched out from close range. Eriksen ended the half with another vicious effort that Adrian had to be at his very best to tip over the bar.
The second period was no different. West Ham made little attempt to venture forward and threw everything they could in the way of Tottenham’s shots and crosses.
Controversy came on 62 when a dipping Serge Aurier cross looked likely to land on Kane’s head – until Hammers defender Pablo Zabaleta dragged him over. There were frantic appeals but referee Mike Dean said nothing doing.
It looked like a crucial moment: on 69, and from nothing, midfielder Pedro Obiang scored the goal of his life. West Ham escaped for a moment from their defensive formation and he smashed a 30-yarder that flew with such venom Lloris hardly began to move before it hit the back of the net.
It was as good a goal as you are likely to see, and worthy of bagging all three points. Son, however, wasn’t finished. With seven minutes remaining, he gathered the ball in a pocket of space, strode forward and unleashed an effort from the edge of the box that flew into the top corner. Once more Spurs went to win it, chucking every thing at their opponents but David Moyes’ team bravely blocked all that came their way. With plenty of effort and a dash of luck, they held out to earn a point.
SPURS: Lloris, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Son, Kane, Dier (Wanyama, 73), Sissoko (Lamela, 73) Alli, Eriksen, Aurier, Davies (Llorente, 81).
Subs not used: Vorm, Trippier, Llorente, Dembele, Winks.
WEST HAM UNITED: Adrian, Reid, Zabaleta, Kouyate, Lanzini (Carroll, 83), Obiang, Noble, Chicharito (Ayew, 64) Ogbonna, Masuaku, Rice
Subs not used: Hart, Carroll, Haksabanovic, Mertinez, Quina, Makasi