Hammers Denied Win At Wembley
By Tom Dowsett
Friday 05 Jan 2018 14:53:00
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West Ham United made their second trip to Wembley on Thursday night and having already beaten Tottenham Hotspur there last October in the Carabao Cup. The Hammers were keen to repeat the feat in the Premier League, but a late equaliser meant the points were shared in a 1-1 draw.

David Moyes made three changes to the side that beat West Bromwich Albion in a crucial game on Tuesday. Aaron Cresswell and Marko Arnautovic picked up injuries in the encounter and were replaced by Declan Rice and Mark Noble.

Andy Carroll was also suffering with a slight problem but was able to make the bench, so Javier Hernández took his place.

Mauricio Pochettino's men could have gone ahead in the fourth minute when a mixup between Adrián and Cheikhou Kouyaté allowed Davinson Sánchez to shoot but Rice was there to block quickly.

West Ham were having trouble getting their rhythm going, as Spurs were dominating.

Their best chance came just before the half-hour mark when Adrián had to push away a 20-yard curling effort from Harry Kane.

The home side went close again on 34 minutes, when Serge Aurier combined well with Jan Vertonghen to set Kane up and he really should have scored, but his all-important first touch was poor and he sent the effort wide.

Adrián was the busier of the two goalkeepers and he was once again at his best just before the break, as he had to palm Christian Eriksen's shot over after the effort had taken a big deflection off Angelo Ogbonna.

Unusually, there was no time added at the end of the first-half by referee Mike Dean and both teams went to the dressing rooms with the deadlock still to be broken.

Tottenham came on strong when the action resumed and Ogbonna was again in the right place to repel an effort from Son-Heung Min.

Spurs then had a great chance to go in front when Kane went through on goal. Fortunately though, Pablo Zabaleta was alert to the danger and produced a superb block.

There was thought before the match that André Ayew wouldn't make the squad as he suffered a hamstring injury after Tuesday's home victory over West Bromwich Albion but he was selected on the bench and with 65 minutes gone, he replaced Hernández.

Five minutes later, the Hammers went ahead with their first shot of the match. Ayew found Obiang, who then fired superbly past Hugo Lloris and the away end went ballistic.

A combination of some poor misses from Pochettino's men, together with great goalkeeping kept West Ham in front until the 84th minute, when Son Heung-min sent an equally impressive effort arrowing past Adrián.

After the disappointment of conceding the equaliser, Moyes made a second change, replacing Manuel Lanzini with Carroll.

Buoyed by their own excellent strike, Spurs went in search of a winner but the Irons weren't going to let go of their point.

Moyes' side could have extended their advantage but Lloris thwarted Ayew by making a great save with his legs, while up the other end, the hosts found Adrián in inspired form, as he continued to make save after save.

After four minutes of stoppage time had been played, the travelling support were understandably much happier as they headed home.

West Ham are back in action on Sunday as they look for a winning start to their FA Cup campaign when they take on Sky Bet League One side Shrewsbury Town on Sunday afternoon.

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