West Ham United man Pedro Obiang and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Heung-Min Son scored contenders for Premier League Goal of the Season in a 1-1 draw between the sides at Wembley Stadium on Thursday night.
With a number of key personnel, especially in the attacking department, missing, David Moyes set up his Hammers side to frustrate their fancied opponents and his players followed his gameplan to perfection up almost till the very last minute.
Pedro Obiang scored with West Ham’s first shot on target, and what a shot it was. The Spaniard collected Manuel Lanzini’s pass some 30 yards out, near the left flank and surged forward before letting fly with a venomous shot that left a sprawling Hugo Lloris with no chance in the 70th minute.
Spurs, to their credit, didn’t panic and continued to dominate the game as they had earlier and eventually broke through with a world-class strike of their own. Heung-Min Son, who had been his industrious self throughout, got the ball with some distance between himself and the Hammers goal but let fly with Mark Noble backing off.
Adrian, who had been keeping Spurs at bay with a series of excellent saves, was well-beaten for once with three minutes on the clock to silence the few, but raucous Hammers travelling contingent.
The first-half had been much less eventful than the second, with the away side clearly content to defend deep and Spurs were largely limited to half-chances despite seeing almost 75 per cent of possession.
Referee Mike Dean had a dim view of two Spurs penalty shouts as Mauricio Pochettino’s men were forced to settle for a result that saw them fail to capitalise on arch-rivals Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday night.
The Lilywhites remain in fifth place, three points behind fourth-placed Liverpool and will next face AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup third round on Sunday before resuming their Premier League campaign with a home clash against Everton on January 13.
West Ham, who have climbed to 15th place with the draw, will be delighted by the result considering Spurs’ dominance and will be confident of progressing to the next round when they take on Shrewsbury on Sunday in the FA Cup.
The Hammers’ next Premier League clash is an away trip to Huddersfield Town on January 13 and David Moyes’ men will approach that tie with plenty of optimism, especially if they can welcome some of their injured back into the fold.