Tottenham 3-2 West Ham: Harry Kane double nicks dramatic late win
By Charlotte Marsh
Last Updated: 20/11/16 8:05am
A Harry Kane double snatched a dramatic late win for Tottenham as they beat West Ham 3-2 on Saturday evening to maintain their unbeaten run in the Premier League.
The Hammers had looked to be heading for victory after another Michail Antonio header saw them go ahead in the first half, but Spurs got themselves level six minutes after the break as Harry Winks netted on his first league start.
The visitors retook the lead in the 67th minute when Manuel Lanzini converted from the spot, but Kane again got Spurs on equal terms, tapping home with one minute of normal time to play, before converting a penalty in the first minute of time added on to seal a remarkable win for the hosts.
West Ham's dismal evening was rounded off after Winston Reid was sent off in the final action of the game to see the Hammers sit one point above the relegation places, while Spurs move up to fifth - one point behind Arsenal.
Tottenham just edged the opening exchanges with Winks particularly impressive and he nearly scored inside the opening three minutes, but could only fire wide from the edge of the box.
Christian Eriksen then had the ball in the net not long after following a delightful through ball from Eric Dier but he was flagged marginally offside, before Kane also flashed a shot past the post from 10 yards.
But West Ham started to see their own sights of goal as the clock ticked to the quarter hour mark, and Antonio was at the heat of the action. After playing a one-two with Andre Ayew from a throw-in, the winger went on a mazy run to the top of the box - easily getting past Victor Wanyama on his way - but his curled effort just skimmed the top left corner of the upright.
He made the breakthrough nine minutes later though, netting his 11th headed Premier League goal of 2016. Dimitri Payet's corner initially found Cheikhou Kouyate - who rifled his effort against the crossbar - but the rebound fell to the feet of Reid, who floated a cross towards the back post which was powerfully headed home by Antonio.
Tottenham could have levelled with three minutes of the half to play as Kane and Rose played a delightful give-and-go, before the defender flashed a cross in front of goal but the incoming Eriksen could not get there to tap home.
But the hosts did find their equaliser six minutes into the second half after some brilliant Spurs build-up. Rose slipped in Vincent Janssen on the left, before hammering a shot at Darren Randolph but the parry fell into the path of Winks, who slotted home from close range.
Referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot in West Ham's favour in the 67th minute after Janssen pulled down Reid in the box froma a Payet corner. Lanzini made no mistake in expertly dispatching the spot-kick to see the visitors back ahead.
They looked to be on their way to a vital three points, but the game was turned on its head in the 89th minute as Kane scored the first of his two goals to spark the Spurs comeback.
Substitute Heung-Min Son fired in a cross from the left - evading a number of West Ham players - before a glancing fingertip save from Randoplh saw the ball into the England striker's path who slotted home for the equaliser.
Less than two minutes later, Mike Dean awarded another penalty - this time in favour of Tottenham - after Harvard Nordtveit tripped Son in the area. Kane made no mistake from the spot to spark rapturous scenes inside White Hart Lane.
It did not get any better for West Ham as captain Reid was booked twice within three minutes of added time to be given his marching orders and will now miss next weekend's league trip to Manchester United.
As for Tottenham, they are yet to lose in the Premier League this season - a run of 12 games - and are in Champions League action on Tuesday evening against Monaco before a third successive London derby in the league, this time away at Chelsea on Saturday.
Tottenham: Lloris (6), Walker (7), Dier (7), Vertonghen (7), Rose (7), Wanyama (6), Dembele (7), Winks (9), Eriksen (6), Kane (8), Janssen (5)
Subs used: Son (7), Alli (6), Trippier (n/a)
West Ham: Randolph (7), Kouyate (6), Reid (6), Ogbonna (6), Antonio (7), Obiang (6), Lanzini (7), Cresswell (6), Payet (6), Ayew (5), Sakho (5)
Subs: Zaza (5), Fernandes (5), Nordtveit (3)
Man of the match: Harry Winks