Hughton: We're After You!

Former West Ham defender Chris Hughton, now on the coaching staff at Spurs, says his club will fight the Hammers all the way for seventh spot.

He agrees with Glenn Roeder's assessment that how this season ends will be a marker for how the next one begins.

"The game on Saturday was full of commitment and I thought there were a lot of good performances out there," says Chris. "Both teams have got something to go for, which is to finish as high as possible, and that benefits you for next season."

He admits the Spurs camp were getting ready to celebrate a double over West Ham when Ian Pearce popped up with a late equaliser, and adds: "I was very disappointed. When you are leading the game and have it taken away that late, it is a blow, however you have played, and we thought we were doing quite well in the second half.

"Our keeper was having a sound game, but he was never going to get anywhere near it - and I don't think anybody would - you hold your hands up and say there was nothing you can do about it.

"It was a passionate game, as London derbies always are, but it was nice that there were no bookings."

Not many playing colleagues from Chris' time at the club are still at Upton Park, but one of them, Steve Potts, was on the bench.

"I didn't get an opportunity to see him afterwards," says Chris, "but he is a lad that deserves everything he gets.

"I have seen his commitment in quite a few reserve team games and he never shies away from everything - it is obvious to see why he is still involved."

Another veteran, Nigel Winterburn, came on as a second half sub, and Chris adds: "Nigel did very well for the period of time he was on, and showed his experience."