As expected Tottenham started like someone had lit a fire under them – why can’t West Ham do that? After that initial bombardment that we thankfully survived it was fairly even, end-to-end stuff. Both Jermaine Defoe (why did we ever sell him?) and Carlton Cole had chances. Mostly Defoe, if I’m honest but Cole had a golden opportunity for a goal but just tapped the ball at the keeper!
Tottenham could have had one towards the end of the first half but Lennon’s shot came back off the post. If the ball had hit the post it at a slightly different angle it would have deflected into the net.
Shaky start to the second half by the Hammers. After Mark Noble got a yellow card, the resulting free kick nearly ended in a goal. Thanks to Rob Green, Defoe’s shot was parried away. Green is still easily one of top 3 goal keepers in the country – if it wasn’t for him I think we’d already be doing down.
It seems the referee doesn’t want to give any penalties today: Carlton Cole should’ve been awarded one after Dawson clambered all over the top of him to get to a header. But, happily, a potential hand-ball in the West Ham box was equally not given.
The commentator mentioned that it’s been 12 years since this fixture last ended in a goal-less draw. Oh, dear! I really wish he hadn’t said that.
Cole was substituted after 77mins – he had some chances and created others but couldn’t perform his magic. Obinna came on in his place. This guy has been another revelation which makes you wonder how West Ham are in the poor position they are.
With ten minutes to go Tottenham woke up and went on a bit of an offensive, forcing another great save from Rob Green and another from the post! Seemed to me like they were getting desperate for the goal!
Five minutes to go and Tottenham had a free kick just outside the 18 yard line … another fantastic save by Green, help by the crossbar. Phew! Big collective sigh of relief from the fans!
The final minutes were all about Tottenham having opportunity after opportunity but the West Ham defenders held firm, except for a couple of chances for Defoe but he couldn’t get the touch right.
The star of the show has to be Scottie Parker, once again. He’s been a real stalwart lately, getting forward and creating chance after chance. Overall a good result for the Hammers – obviously it would have been nice to win, but it was nice to see them say thank the fans who were loud, as usual.
Now … I need a bite to eat before the next big game England v Ireland in the rugger!