Although going from two goals to the good away from home to somehow drawing at the death against a city rival must feel pretty gutting for West Ham fans, they can still take heart from their 2-2 draw against Spurs on Sunday. The last-minute penalty scored by none other than Harry Kane may have been a real sucker punch, but Irons fans can still take great heart from the way their team performed against quality opposition.
But what else did we take from the game? Are Spurs credible top four challengers? Is Harry Kane feeling the effects of fatigue? Here are three things we learned from Sunday’s clash…
1. West Ham can still challenge for Europe
Despite the fact that the one point they gained could so easily have been three, West Ham should still believe that they can push for a European qualifying place. The Irons were the better team for most of the game, and if they can perform to such a high standard against supposedly superior opposition away from home, then they are undoubtedly still within a shout of Europe. Keep the dream alive, Irons fans.
2. Tottenham’s top four dreams take a blow
In the cold light of day after the elation of salvaging a last-minute draw dissipates, Spurs fans will be looking at this result worryingly. After losing a crucial match against Liverpool last week, they again failed to win when facing one of their nearest European contenders. One gets the feeling that Spurs – yet again – just don’t have enough to sustain a top four challenge throughout the course of a whole season, and with a League Cup final and a tricky Europa League second leg still to come, they might just fall short.
& that's Tottenham's top four challenge out the window.
— Joeee x (@Joey_Smith95) February 22, 2015
Spurs are massive bottle jobs aren't they, never gonna make top four
— Tom (@tompnefc) February 22, 2015
3. Is Harry Kane suffering from burnout?
Yes, he scored the decisive equalising goal to send White Hart Lane into raptures, but for long spells of Sunday’s game Harry Kane looked less dangerous, less energetic, and crucially less involved than usual. It must be remembered that the 22 year-old missed the initial penalty that led to his goal from the rebound, and he also fluffed a glorious chance in the first half to put Spurs ahead. Kane has had an incredible season so far, but he is still very young. Following two huge matches in the League Cup and the Europa League, could he do with taking a break?