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Spurs snatch dramatic late win over West Ham

Harry Winks

Harry Winks is the first player to score on his first Premier League start for Spurs since Eric Dier, also against West Ham, in August 2014.

Tottenham maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season amid high drama as Harry Kane struck twice at the death in a breathless victory over West Ham at White Hart Lane.

Michail Antonio’s first-half header and a Manuel Lanzini penalty had put West Ham 2-1 up and seemingly on course for only a fourth league win of the season, but Kane’s late show emphatically turned the contest on its head.

First the England striker turned home from close range after good work down the left by substitute Son Heung-Min, while two minutes later the South Korean was brought down in the area by Havard Nordtveit and Kane tucked away the resulting spot-kick.

Earlier, 20-year-old midfielder Harry Winks had equalised for Tottenham on his full Premier League debut, but Lanzini’s penalty – awarded after Vincent Janssen pulled back Winston Reid in the area – put West Ham back in the driving seat before Kane intervened.

Spurs are now 12 games unbeaten at the start of the season – the last time they managed that was in the 1960-61 season, which ended with the north Londoners claiming a league and cup double.

For now Tottenham must content themselves with a fairly modest fifth place in the standings after a run of six wins and six draws, while shell-shocked West Ham – who lost Reid to a second bookable offence in added time – remain 17th and just a point outside the relegation zone.

  • Relive Tottenham’s dramatic victory

A tale of two Harrys

Kane was largely anonymous for much of the match, with the focus and plaudits for the most part falling to midfielder Winks, handed his first start in the league in place of Dele Alli, who was named on the bench after returning from injury.

Winks has been in and around the first team for the last couple of years and finally earned a first league start in the intense spotlight of a London derby.

In such circumstances do young players show their worth, and on this evidence Winks is set to be a fixture in the Spurs set-up for some considerable time.

He looked confident in possession, wanting the ball and using it well. And when the chance came to get on the scoresheet he did not hesitate, lashing home the rebound after Janssen’s long-range shot was parried by Darren Randolph.

In contrast, Kane had a frustrating 89 minutes but burst to life when his team needed him most.

Randolph – who earlier produced a truly stunning save to deny Eric Dier with his side 2-1 up – will be disappointed with his part in the goal, diverting the ball into Kane’s path as he attempted to cut out Son’s low centre.

But he had no chance with Kane’s second from the spot – a powerful, confident strike befitting a 20-goals-a-season striker.

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Harry Winks made 67 passes, 39 of those coming in the opposition half. Only Christian Eriksen had more, but Winks played more forward passes than his fellow midfielder.

More to follow.

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Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, West Ham United 2.

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, West Ham United 2.

Second yellow card to Winston Reid (West Ham United) for a bad foul.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Winston Reid (West Ham United).

Attempt blocked. Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Edimilson Fernandes.

Offside, West Ham United. Håvard Nordtveit tries a through ball, but Simone Zaza is caught offside.

Winston Reid (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Winston Reid (West Ham United).

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, West Ham United 2. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Tottenham Hotspur. Son Heung-Min draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Håvard Nordtveit (West Ham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Kieran Trippier replaces Kyle Walker.

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, West Ham United 2. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Edimilson Fernandes (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, West Ham United. Winston Reid tries a through ball, but Simone Zaza is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Substitution, West Ham United. Håvard Nordtveit replaces Dimitri Payet.

Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Pedro Obiang (West Ham United).

Attempt saved. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Rose.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Edimilson Fernandes (West Ham United).

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simone Zaza (West Ham United).

Attempt saved. Simone Zaza (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dimitri Payet.

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Son Heung-Min replaces Mousa Dembélé.

Attempt blocked. Simone Zaza (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dimitri Payet.

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simone Zaza (West Ham United).

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Dele Alli replaces Vincent Janssen.

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, West Ham United 2. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty West Ham United. Winston Reid draws a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Eric Dier.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Danny Rose.

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from long range on the left is too high from a direct free kick.

Michail Antonio (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37959870