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Grandstand Irons finish but too little too late

Irons 2 Spurs 3

kouyateWell I guess if you don’t really give it a go until you are three down then you can’t claim to have deserved to win.

But it was so close to becoming a guts and glory affair for the Irons although Michail Antonio’s 28th minute exit affected the shape and probably destiny of the game.

Antonio walked away feeling his hamstring and Andy Carroll arrived having been understood to have suffered a knock in training which kept him on the bench.

Sadly the big fella’s first notable contribution was to play a ball straight to the always dangerous Eriksen who moved it on to Alli who crossed and there was  the Kane inevitable to head home.

The second arrived four minutes later when Kane again was in the right spot to fire past Hart and when Eriksen added a third it looked all over.

But Spurs saw Aurier sent off  for a second bookable offence and the Hammers pressed forward with Chicharito heading home from close in after a well taken corner.

Masuaku was introduced and immediately brought brilliant thrust down the left side, eventually crossing brilliantly for Kouyate to thump home a magnificent header.

Try as they may, the Hammers couldn’t add the third but they came out of the game finally with great credit and let’s be fair they were well led by the often much  abused skipper Mark Noble.

In the end no points but the Hammers can take much from the first and last half hours in a game that will long live in the memory despite the defeat.

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7 comments on “Grandstand Irons finish but too little too late

  1. Gutted. That was probably Carroll’s worst game for us. Nothing he did worked. But we showed passion and could have got a draw with a bit of luck. Arnie looked good.

  2. Proud of the boys today. Antonio’s injury changed the game but the boys kept going. We had them on the ropes at the end and Kouyate’s goal was the best I’ve seen at the Stadium. COYI

  3. The boys played good today, and Noble did great. Have been a critic myself but good display today. Think we should’ve introduced sure rather than Carrol, leaving Chicharito up front, couch expert hah…

  4. No Obiang,no Lanzini,no luck with Antonio injury…all in all…i’m not to much disapointed..we fought well..

  5. Manager still has this uncertainty about keeping it tight or going for it.Antonio injury was pivotal but we only went for it at 3-0 down.Masuaku brings us much more in attack and i would love to see Sakho and Hernandez paired up and have Carroll as an impact sub( but not against Swansea as he always scores against them).Once Lanzini is back we will have a more potent edge too.Great fightback and we are getting there.

  6. Can someone plaase explain the current offside rule please.
    When Harry Kane is in an offisde position when the ball is played forward, I THOUGHT he isn’t allowed to continue his run and be active in that phase of play, let alone score.?
    The mment he attempts to go for the ball he would be offside, having gained an advantage from being in an offside position? A bit like the case a few minutes earlier when Chicharito had been flagged for a similar infraction?

    If the rules are ‘interpreted’ to allow this, why not goal hang like in the playground??

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