Bitter blow as Irons get caught late again



Spurs 2 Irons 2

Alex Song’s last minute challenge on Harry Kane gave Spurs a penalty and an equaliser they didn’t deserve after the Hammers had led by two goals.

Cheik Kouyate headed home a superb 21st minute goal  and Diafra Sakho put them further ahead with a fabulous close range strike before the north Londoners dragged themselves back with two fortunate strikes.

First Rose drove his shot into the ground from  distance and with Adrian mistiming his jump saw the ball fly past him for the arrears to be reduced.

Then came the  Song challenge on Kane and after Adrian had saved the penalty the striker followed up to strike home the leveller with the last kick of the game.

The Cameroonian had bundled into Kane’s back when he would have been better off allowing him to continue running away from goal.

It’s arguable whether there was enough contact but it’s a pointless discussion – two points had gone down the swanee.

So once again the Irons had failed to see out a game that they had bossed from the 15th minute onwards but it’s hard to find fault after a game which saw them at their best.  However, these late equalisers are becoming too regular  and the count is now one league win in eight!

Sam Allardyce argued after the game that West Ham could almost take a leaf out of the Spurs book and go down themselves in similar situations to Kane’s thus forcing referees to make a decision.

He commented: “We don’t do it enough but Spurs can consider themselves very luck with both goals. it was desperately disappointing”

Spurs had started in the ascendancy and Adrian was forced into a fine save from Bentaleb when he flew to his left to palm a rocket shot around the post.

And in the tenth minute Kane charged onto a ball from the back but after some lazy defending by Reid and Tomkins but saw his flicked effort hit the post.

The Hammers found their feet after the two early scares and on 17 minutes Cresswell fired in a long range shot which flew wide.

But four minutes later the left back was instrumental in setting up the lead with a great run and  cross which Kouyate thudded into the back of the net with a great header.

Rose was close for Spurs at the other end when he dived forward to peroduce a brav e header from Kane’s chip forward but the ball beat the bar.

As play switched to the other end Creswell’s fine cross was met bny Valencia but Lloris advanced bravely to block.

Kane was again at the heart of things though producing a neat ball for Mason but his shot was driven wide of an upright.

Noble held his head in frustration minutes later when he tried his luck with a fierce goal bound shot which which thudded into a defender and flew behind.

The Hammers were a better team throughout the second period and could have gone two up early in the second half when Sakho tried his luck with Valencia much better positioned to take advantage.

But when the Senegalese hitman fired home from a right angle from Noble’s far post free kick in the 61st minute, it looked all over.

Valencia then saw Lloris save well before Noble and the striker made early departures to be replaced by Carlton Cole and Matt Jarvis.

The hosts piled on the pressure before the goals but at the end of 90 minutes there wouldn’t have been many who would argue that the Irons were desperately unlucky not to take all three points.


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7 comments on “Bitter blow as Irons get caught late again

  1. Not for the first time, Sam’s substitutions are a mystery, its a wonder Nolan didn’t get on though.
    Hope he goes soon.
    He will take the credit though that wouldn’t have been the team had Carroll been fit.
    Our best starting eleven by far, must keep with them from now on.


  2. Why any sub were needed baffles me,Valencia still looked fresh and to bring on Cole means the team changes shape again and at that time we had momentum,
    It’s draw again and Europe is slipping away,but No Nolan and the midfield looks good,

  3. As I said last week, we need 5 more quality players so we can back up the first choice players when they need replacing. Before this game I looked at the subs bench and their’s was twice as good as ours.
    It’s very nice to slag off Nolan, but who else can replace Noble 1 for 1. I suspect Sam was protecting his buddy from more needless abuse, when he brought on Cole instead. For that we lost some shape for the last 20 minutes. I suspect plenty of people are celebrating that Nolan didn’t come on, and then dreaming up a new reason why we lost.

  4. See that nobody is moaning about Song giving away the pen, if that had been Nolan there would be 50 remarks not 3.

  5. If Nolan had been on the pitch we would never had been 2-0 up in the first place,and if you were going to change thing to hold for victory you would have brought Ginge on for Valencia and put Tomkins in with Song,and then you could bring Jarvis on for Noble,
    Then you don’t need to change the shape,
    Why change it in the first place ?
    And westhamwag with 90 mins gone Nolan would never have gor near the ball,it’s you Nolan fans looking for a positive because his performances aren’t going to do it for him,
    And from what your other man BFS says it was a dive not Song,s fault.
    Get over it we got a draw away from home but even better we played good football and entertained the paying public because Nolan was not on the pitch,
    Let’s hope BFS has caught on to that fact.

  6. At the end of the day we played some good football today & its no surprise that it was with the team we had joy earlier in the season with.You can dress it up anyway you want,but the simple fact is that the midfield & team as a whole operate better without Nolan in it.To argue his case for a place in the starting line-up is quite frankly just taking the ****.

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