3 POINT LANE?
Tottenham threw away 3 points in their London derby game against West Ham. The home team had cruised to a 3 goal lead after a blistering first 45 minutes. Spurs were unbelievable and put in a fantastic performance in the first half. They were full of energy and creativity, the Hammers were nowhere to be seen. Son and Kane’s qualities fully dominated West Ham’s defence and I am certain they would have been wishing for the referee to blow the whistle.
For a moment it looked like Tottenham carried on where they left off having dispatched 6 goals against Man United in their previous premier league game. Son opened the scoring in the 1st minute having been put through by Kane (again) to put Tottenham ahead. England captain, Kane then trebled the lead with 2 goals coming in the 8th and 16th minute respectively (his first goal was share class). It looked like the flood gates had opened and West Ham would be in for a torrid ride.
Kane could have got himself a Hat-trick but for the upright as his effort hit the post. Not to be undone, West Ham came out in the second half with a glimmer of hope and proceeded to pulling the game level in the last 10 minutes of the game. Balbuena scored with a headed goal in the 82nd minute before Sanchez headed the ball past his own goal keeper to gift the Hammers a second goal in the 85th minute. All Spurs needed to do was to defend for the last 5 minutes and victory would surely have been guaranteed but that was not the case as Lanzini equalised with the last kick of the game.
There would have been great disappointment amongst Mourinho’s players having allowed West Ham to get something from a game that was already over. However, you have to give credit to Moyes and the West Ham boys for the belief they showed. Their character shun through and was capped off by Lanzini’s last minute equaliser. The goal was spectacular and there was nothing Lloris could do (I guess it was written in the stars!!).
Fair play to the Hammers as this result most definitely pleased their loyal supporters. Chants of “we’re all having a party when Tottenham F**K’d it up” could be heard coming from East London (shows you how much that result meant to them!). Spurs supporters and fans alike shouldn’t be too disheartened as this is still the early stages of the league and the team will definitely improve. Gareth Bale made a cameo appearance and could have sealed victory for Tottenham but didn’t take the opportunity (he’ll be back to his best when fully match fit…..give the man time!!).
There was plenty of drama in the Merseyside game between Everton and Liverpool as VAR robbed the Reds from victory as the referee ruled out Henderson’s effort for marginal offside (dunno about that decision ref!!). The game ended 2-2. Liverpool will be hoping Van Dijk can be back up and running after the Dutch international came off after sustaining an injury. Down in the capital, Chelsea entertained Southampton with the game ending 3-3.
Meanwhile, at the Etihad Stadium Thomas Partey made his eagerly anticipated debut for Arsenal albeit for a few minutes (not quite Partey time…hehehe!!), however he was unable to change the outcome of the game as Man City won 1-0. Notably, if the Arsenal forwards had taken their chances the outcome may have been different. Aston Villa sit 2nd in the table after a late winner from Barkley gave Villa all 3 points against Leicester and Ole is still hanging on to that wheel as Solskjaer saw his team beat Newcastle away with the match ending 4-1 to Man United.
Man of the moment, LANZINI!!!!