Tottenham v Hammers

West Ham United's dismal run continued at a miserable and wet White Hart Lane, where Mido's goal, in the third minute of first-half stoppage time, condemned them to a record-equalling seventh successive defeat.

And that means that the Egyptian's strike still leaves Alan Pardew's troops without a clean sheet all season and a goal in over 11 hours of football.

What a difference five months makes. For when these two sides last met in May's notorious 'lasagne-gate' clash at Upton Park, Hammers were just six days away from the FA Cup final, while the walking wounded of Spurs were 90 minutes from finishing in fourth spot.

Eight Premiership matches on from seeing their Champions League dream wrecked by that virulent virus, 15th-placed Spurs may have had the consolation of progressing into the group stages of the UEFA Cup, but like the second from bottom Hammers, they came into this game finding themselves at the wrong end of the table.

Despite his side's midweek victory over Besiktas, Martin Jol made four changes from the team that had won in Turkey as Aaron Lennon, Edgar Davids, Mido and Jermain Defoe were recalled.

After sixth successive defeats, Pardew headed to White Hart Lane desperate not to equal Hammers' longest-ever losing sequence that, ironically, had been inflicted by Tottenham's Jimmy Greaves and Alan Gilzean in a 2-0 win for the north Londoners at Upton Park in May 1967.

Nearly four decades on from that record, seventh straight reverse, Pards also made four changes from the side that had lost at Portsmouth as John Pantsil returned at right-back in place of Jonathan Spector, while central midfielder Javier Mascherano and Marlon Harewood replaced ex-Tottenham stars Matthew Etherington and Teddy Sheringham.

Without a clean sheet all season, the Hammers boss also handed a debut to Robert Green in place of Roy Carroll and but for Lennon's wasteful finishing, the exposed England goalkeeper would have been picking the ball out of his net as early as the eighth minute after the pacy right-winger rode Danny Gabbidon's lunge before somehow side-footing wide from 12 yards.

Midway through the half, Lennon was skipping across the greasy White Hart Lane turf once again but, when his by-line cut-back fell to Defoe just eight yards out, Green gallantly turned the ex-Hammer's low shot onto the roof of the net with his outstretched right leg.

Having survived those two early scares, West Ham then gave Spurs an anxious moment as Harewood unleashed a venomous angled 15-yarder that Paul Robinson diverted across the face of goal to safety.

On 32 minutes, Paul Konchesky was cautioned for an over-enthusiastic lunge on the lively Lennon and when the Hammers' defender was fouled by Pascal Chimbonda shortly afterwards, Mascherano subsequently deposited the half-cleared free-kick into the Paxton Road end.

And with the Argentinian learning about the intense cut and thrust of his first London derby, he was booked for a 41st-minute lunge on Defoe, who was also cautioned for appearing to nibble the grounded midfielder in an act of retaliation that sparked an unsightly melee.

Harewood was also yellow carded for charging down Benoit Assou-Ekotto's consequent, 20-yard free-kick and, with the first half entering the third minute of stoppage time - compared to fourth official Rob Styles' signalled 60 seconds minimum - West Ham's problems mounted as Tottenham cruelly broke the deadlock.

Davids' low centre from the left was collected at the near post by Mido, who turned Anton Ferdinand and let fly with a low, angled 12-yarder shot that skidded across the face of the diving Green before finding the net via the 'keeper's left-hand upright.

As coach Kevin Keen questioned the timekeeping, the ecstatic Egyptian became the fifth booking of the opening period for removing his shirt and celebrating his side's last-gasp interval lead.

Early in the second half, Green had to be at his best to palm out Jermaine Jenas' curling touchline free-kick and then beat Lennon's angled shot around his near post, before the breaking Tom Huddlestone climaxed a rampaging run with a low 25-yarder that aquaplaned inches wide.

Apart from Yossi Benayoun's hopeful, acrobatic hook over from 15 yards, Hammers had barely threatened in the second period and that was the catalyst for a Pards' reshuffle that saw Carlos Tevez replace his compatriot Mascherano midway through the half, as Harewood withdrew deeper to the right flank and Nigel Reo-Coker moved into a more familiar central midfield role.

More substitutions followed as Carlton Cole became the fourth Hammers' striker to enter the fray as Benayoun stood down, while chief tormentor Lennon and Defoe were replaced by Hossam Ghaly and Robbie Keane for the final stages that also saw Christian Dailly switch with Harewood.

There was still time for Mido - who was also booked for felling Cole - to nod the ball onto Green's crossbar but when the distraught Dailly saw his late header scrambled away, it was obvious to all in the wet White Hart Lane crowd of 36,162 that this would not be the day when West Ham would end their 668-minute goal drought.