West Ham 1-1 Tottenham: Soucek hit denies Spurs

Tomas Soucek’s goal gave West Ham a 1-1 draw with Tottenham and prevented the London rivals from making their best-ever start to a Premier League season after five games.

Antonio Conte’s side led at half-time at the London Stadium through a Thilo Kehrer own goal at the end of a clever attacking move from Spurs, who had previously awarded and controversially overturned a penalty.

But Soucek shot past Hugo Lloris in the 55th minute to put West Ham back level and the hosts, who had signed Lucas Paqueta on his club-record debut, looked more likely to win the game from that point.

Despite failing to see the win, Spurs remain unbeaten on 11 points from five games, while West Ham have as many as four points for the season after recovering from a poor start that saw them go three straight games without a goal have lost.

Tottenham were awarded a penalty after 11 minutes when Harry Kane’s downward header caught Aaron Creswell’s outstretched arm.

However, after a lengthy VAR review, referee Peter Bankes seemingly overturned the decision because the ball hit Creswell’s head before touching his arm.

West Ham tested Lloris through Pablo Fornals and Declan Rice tried both sides of that decision while Michail Antonio curled a shot against the outside of the post.

However, it was the visitors who took the lead before half-time when Kane’s pass down the middle was accidentally blocked by Kehrer before Son Heung-min could match.

David Moyes’ side struck back 10 minutes into the second half when Antonio put a throw-in down Soucek’s run, who calmed down before firing past Lloris.

With the introduction of Pacqueta, West Ham were pushing for a winner and were on the verge of finding one when Fornals fired from a glorious position in a stab for the still undefeated Spurs.

Westham 1-1 Tottenham

Westham 1-1 Tottenham

What does that mean? Soucek denies Spurs

Tottenham were on course to take 13 points from five games after Kehrer’s own goal, which would have been their best start to a season at the time.

West Ham had other ideas, however, and they were good value for their point after a 1-0 win at Aston Villa last weekend that boosted morale.

David Moyes will feel his side should have won the game as they had an expected goal value (xG) of 1.3 compared to Spurs’ 0.6 but it can still be seen as a positive point.

Box specialist Soucek

Soucek has scored 19 Premier League goals for West Ham, a tally surpassed only by Antonio (29) and Jarrod Bowen (21) since the central midfielder’s debut in February 2020.

Each of those goals was scored from within the 18-yard box – only Tony Cottee scored more for West Ham in the 100 per cent competition (23/23).

Son’s goalless streak continues

Kane played a crucial role in Kehrer’s own goal but otherwise it was a frustrating day for the England international, who managed five shots without scoring.

That’s four more shots than team-mate Son managed, with the forward now having five games without a goal this season and just the only assist to his name from opening day.

What’s next?

Both sides have another London derby on Saturday, with West Ham traveling to Chelsea and Spurs hosting Fulham.

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