From the Terraces

Michail Antonio

Fan blogger Joe Difford looks ahead to a Man Utd double header...

Last season at White Hart Lane, a Michail Antonio header prevented Tottenham from moving into first place in their push for the title, and a similar start put us ahead on Saturday.

The London derby is always a thrilling one and the atmosphere is always electric, but this particular clash left Hammers fans deflated and frustrated.

After going ahead and looking good value for our lead, Spurs drew level through youngster Harry Winks, before Manuel Lanzini netted from the penalty spot.

Dimitri Payet was back to his best and was holding up the play, creating chances and pulling off one of the most satisfying nutmegs seen all season.

Now that a few days have passed, it is possible to find some positives that weren’t obvious after the final whistle had been blown. Payet’s master class coupled with Winston Reid’s resilient defending gave fans a reminder of what our players are capable of.

However, with just two minutes to spare, and with Payet off the pitch, Harry Kane pounced to tap home an equaliser. A draw would have been tough to take considering our inspired performance, but Lady Luck reared her ugly head and handed Spurs a penalty in injury time.

It is impossible to deny the contact made by Havard Nordtveit, but Son Heung-min appeared to leave his leg out and throw himself to the floor in dramatic fashion, allowing Kane to steal all three points in the last second.

To add insult to injury, Winston Reid was sent off late on for attempting to win a header and knocking into Kane. The dismissal was more than harsh, and it comes just as Reid has returned from suspension, and returned to top form.

Simone Zaza could have won the game late on, but he failed to play through Payet in time, and did not out enough power behind the rebound.

It is nearly impossible to look back on Saturday’s tie with any feelings other than frustration and disappointment, but a few days on it is clear that we have the ability to compete with the top sides, if we have a little more luck on our side.

Our next few games see us battle Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, and there is nothing stopping us from taking some points away from those three games.

We do however, have to play for ninety minutes, take our chances better and pray for a little bit of fortune, which we know is always hiding.

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