It’s certainly better to stage a comeback, even if it isn’t wholly successful, than be on the receiving end of one and West Ham’s late flurry against Tottenham on Saturday created a parting emotion of positivity, despite not claiming a single point from the London derby.
And one area where West Ham did successfully assert themselves throughout the ninety minutes was in midfield – even though it was the department that generated the most concerns at the end of the summer transfer window amid news of a failed deal for Sporting Lisbon’s engine-room juggernaut William Carvalho.
Indeed, West Ham finished up with 49% of the ball despite the quality in Tottenham’s ranks and much of that owed to the doggedness Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate provided in the middle of the park, the latter producing four tackles, three interceptions and one block.
The 38-cap Senegal international also epitomised the spirit West Ham showed to get back into the match after going three goals down when he latched onto an Arthur Masuaku cross to head home upon 87 minutes – leading to an incredibly dramatic stoppage time.
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