Meltdown in London on Gareth Bale's second debut as West Ham come from 3 goals down to draw at Tottenham
|Meltdown! Harry Kane knows what it means to lose a three goal lead on a derby day|
after Lanzini's screamer on Sunday. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)
Never had it been said that Jose Mourinho lost a three goal lead, right in front of the show man himself, before his naked eyes and those of his gladiators, three precious points turned to one and he couldn’t help it.
West Ham had won two seemingly difficult games without conceding a single goal, 3-0 success against Wolves and Leicester was followed by a fixture at the home of their London rivals and when they saw Gareth Bale on the bench, their task couldn’t have been harder.
Moyes presented the same eleven that did the job for him against the wild animals and he’ll later be justified.
Heung Min Son and Harry Kane are fast becoming the deadliest duo in the premier league with both combining twice in the opening stages to fire Spurs two up.
Jose Mourinho dropped Erik Lamela to the bench and opted for Bergwijn, the Dutchman didn’t do badly, combining with the highly effective duo of Kane and Son to a devastating effect.
Harry Kane must have been watching Kevin De Bruyne, his lofted long ranger to Son for the opener had Wayne Rooney of advanced years at Manchester United written over it, the Korean danced inside Fredericks and fired past Lukas Fabianski in the West Ham goal.
Just a little moment afterwards, roles were reversed, Kane received from son, nutmegged Ogbonna and fired through bodies to score.
It didn’t take long for Kane to make it three, Sergio Reguilon threw in a well measured cross and Harry Kane timed his run brilliantly to land another brace, from there on, it felt as though Spurs would go on and deliver another goal rain.
West Ham grew into the game, Antonio troubled Serge Aurier but the Ivorian stood his ground and Jarrod Bowen was well contained at the edge of the box.
The second half saw so many missed chances from Spurs, Harry Kane tried twice for a hat-trick but Fabianski was up to it.
Jose Mourinho, assured of the result decided to hand a debut to his loanee from Madrid, Gareth Bale came on to replace Bergwijn and he went straight in to take a free kick that was quite on target but too weak to trouble Fabianski.
Lukas Moura replaced the sensational Korean but things went south from there, from a Cresswell cross, just past the 80th minute mark, Balbuena headed home with Mousa Sissoko watching.
Belief grew in the Hammers rank and it went really intense for the hosts when Davinson Sanchez diverted a Andriy Yarmolenko cross into his own net, 3-2 with three minutes on the clock.
Gareth Bale missed a simple tap in much to the dismay of an animated Mourinho at the touchline, instead of going 4-2 up, the unexpected happened.
Two minutes into the added four, Manuel Lanzini, who had replaced Pablo Fornals had a fortuitous ball dropped to his path from a weak Spurs clearance, he blasted in with the inside of his right and it sailed fiercely into the top right corner.
There’s nothing stopping such, 3-3, Mourinho furious, points dropped and Moyes is exhilarated. What a season we have on our hands.