Tottenham left it late to rescue a point against London rivals West Ham, in a dramatic 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane. After the visitors took a demanding 2-0 lead, Spurs’ very own Danny Rose and Harry Kane saved the home side from a humiliating defeat.
After a quiet start at the Lane, Nabil Bentaleb enjoyed the first real chance of the game. The Algerian struck an emphatic effort from outside the area, forcing the West Ham keeper Adrien to pull off a difficult save to his left. With persistent pressure from Spurs, it appeared the home side were more likely to take the lead. However, Kouyate found the back of the net for the Hammers. After some poor defending from Tottenham, the large forward headed past Hugo Lloris to give Sam Allardyce’s side the lead.
Spurs then attempted to get back into the game. Harry Kane poked a scooped ball through to Danny Rose, but the left-back couldn’t find the target with his header. Ryan Mason attempted a familiar long-range strike, but the young midfielder wasn’t able to draw his side level.
After the half time break, Mauricio Pochettino introduced Christian Eriksen into the fold, with the hope that the Danish midfielder would help his side regain some control. In a quiet introduction to the second half, a number of substitutions were all to note, with Chadli and Soldado added by the manager. Despite a tactical switch from Spurs, it was West Ham that scored the next goal, through Diafra Sakho.
With minutes left, Tottenham pulled one back. After the Hammers cleared, Danny Rose hit a bouncing effort towards goal, with the effort bizarre enough to evade Adrien. Pushing for a traditional late goal, Spurs were presented with the chance in the final moments.
Harry Kane made it 2-2 at the death, after his penalty was saved by Adrien, only for the in-form striker to poke home the loose ball. The leveller was Kane’s 24th of the season in all competitions. With a trip to Wembley on the horizon, a point gained was vital heading into a hectic period.