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Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 West Ham United

By Dominic RaynorBBC Sport
Harry Kane
Harry Kane has scored 12 times in his last 11 top-flight appearances
  • Spurs have earned 16 points from losing positions
  • Kane scores his 24th goal of the season
  • Tottenham move within three points of top four
  • Kouyate nets West Ham's 15th headed goal this term

Harry Kane won a penalty and scored with the last kick of the game to earn Tottenham a draw against West Ham.

Kane's 96th-minute penalty was saved but he reacted quickest to give Spurs an unlikely point at White Hart Lane.

West Ham had led 2-0 through goals from Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate with just nine minutes left to play.

Danny Rose's mis-hit long-range shot set up the comeback before Kane, who was felled by Alex Song, pounced to score his 24th goal of the season.

Spurs were lucky - Allardyce

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino made six changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Fiorentina in the last 32 of the Europa League in midweek, as he prepared for the second match of a demanding schedule of six games in 17 days that includes Thursday's return leg in Florence and next Sunday's League Cup final against Chelsea.

With Spurs also chasing Champions League qualification via a top-four finish in the Premier League, Pochettino recalled top-scorer Kane for this London derby but opted to rest his other star performer this season, Christian Eriksen.

Spurs started in typically quick fashion as Nabil Bentaleb twice tested West Ham goalkeeper Adrian with long-range efforts before Kane struck the post in an opening 10-minute spell in which Spurs enjoyed 82% possession.

The late, late show
Harry Kane's goal was the second latest in the Premier League this season at 95mins 57sec, with only Martin Skrtel's being later(96mins 05secs).

However, it was the robust-tackling Hammers who took the lead on 22 minutes when Mousa Dembele lost possession on the edge of his own box and midfielder Kouyate rose between two defenders to powerfully head home Aaron Cresswell's cross.

That proved to be Dembele's key contribution to the match as he was replaced at half-time by Eriksen, who had started Tottenham's last 34 Premier League games and notched 11 goals and four assists in all competitions this season.

Danny Rose
Defender Danny Rose got Spurs back in the game late on with his second goal of the season

But it was West Ham who continued to create the better chances and after Sakho had squandered a one-on-one with Hugo Lloris, the Senegal striker made no mistake at the back post on 62 minutes, squeezing in Mark Noble's cross for his 11th goal of the season.

West Ham looked set for a first victory in four Premier League games to ease the pressure on manager Sam Allardyce, whose future had been the subject of speculation following a humiliating 4-0 FA Cup loss to West Brom in midweek.

Down to the wire
Tottenham have won 13 points from the final five minutes of matches - a Premier League high.

However, Spurs had other ideas and after Rose had halved the deficit with his fortuitous strike, Kane once again stepped forward as Spurs' saviour this season.

The striker went down in the box under the slightest pressure from Song and after seeing his penalty saved by Adrian kept his composure to slot home the rebound for the Premier League's sixth-placed side.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino:

We need to be better - Pochettino

"I think we deserved more than point. We had 21 or 22 shots. We created many chances. We had possession of ball.

"But after they scored they created chances on counter-attack, they have very fast players up front. But in general, if we analyse, we are better than them.

"In the second half I thought some decisions were against us - the second goal was offside. But we need to finish better and score more goals.

"I think we showed character - that's the most important thing. Going into the last 10 minutes at 2-0 down, to finish the game 2-2 is something to be proud of."

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce:

"I thought we were going to see the game through nicely but we made a huge mistake at the end. Whether it's a soft penalty or it isn't, it is something we shouldn't have done.

"It's a real disappointment but it was a magnificent performance. The reason we lost the game was a bit of luck for them. We should have done enough at 2-0 up to see it out. That's been our Achilles heel since the turn of the year. We were in front against West Brom and drew 1-1, we were in front against Manchester United and drew 1-1, and we were in front at Swansea and drew 1-1.

"I'm not blaming Harry Kane for going down in the box - we should do more of that. We're an honest team and we've only got one penalty this season. We're not getting rewards for our honesty."

Cheikhou Kouyate
Cheikhou Kouyate has scored three goals this season
Diafra Sakho
Senegal striker Diafra Sakho has 11 goals for the season
Mark Noble
Mark Noble was lucky to escape a second yellow card after a tussle with Jan Vertonghen
Harry Kane
Harry Kane's winner is the second latest Premier League goal this season

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 15Dier
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 3Rose
  • 38MasonSubstituted forChadliat 80'minutes
  • 42Bentaleb
  • 17TownsendSubstituted forSoldadoat 60'minutes
  • 19DembéléSubstituted forEriksenat 45'minutes
  • 11Lamela
  • 18Kane

Substitutes

  • 9Soldado
  • 13Vorm
  • 21Fazio
  • 22Chadli
  • 23Eriksen
  • 25Stambouli
  • 33Davies

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 18Jenkinson
  • 5Tomkins
  • 2Reid
  • 3CresswellBooked at 51mins
  • 16NobleBooked at 45minsSubstituted forColeat 68'minutesSubstituted forCollinsat 87'minutes
  • 30Song
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 11Downing
  • 15Sakho
  • 31E ValenciaSubstituted forJarvisat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Nolan
  • 7Jarvis
  • 17O'Brien
  • 19Collins
  • 20Demel
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 24Cole
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
35,837

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home27
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away9
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, West Ham United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, West Ham United 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, West Ham United 2. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

    Penalty saved! Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  5. Post update

    Penalty Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane draws a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Alexandre Song (West Ham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kyle Walker.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

  10. Post update

    James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

  12. Post update

    Alexandre Song (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. James Collins replaces Carlton Cole because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

  20. Post update

    Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea26186256223460
2Man City26167356253155
3Arsenal26146649292048
4Man Utd26138544261847
5Southampton26144838191946
6Liverpool2613673829945
7Tottenham2613584136544
8West Ham2610973830839
9Swansea2610793034-437
10Stoke26106103034-436
11Newcastle2688103142-1132
12Everton26610103337-428
13Crystal Palace2669112837-927
14West Brom2669112434-1027
15Hull2668122535-1026
16Sunderland2641392236-1425
17QPR2664162745-1822
18Burnley26410122544-1922
19Aston Villa2657141336-2322
20Leicester2646162442-1818
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