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5 classic Tottenham v West Ham matches

A look at some memorable games between the sides in the Premier League.

5 classic Tottenham v West Ham matches

Tottenham’s meetings with West Ham have thrown up some memorable encounters over the years, including a 3-2 win for the visitors at the London Stadium in September.

Here, we look back at five classics between the teams from previous Premier League campaigns.

West Ham 4 Tottenham 3 (February 24, 1997)

Julian Dicks
(Rebecca Naden/PA)

A topsy-turvy encounter at Upton Park ended in the hosts’ favour, largely thanks to the contribution of two-goal left-back Julian Dicks. Teddy Sheringham had given Spurs an early lead with a fine flying header, with Dicks restoring parity by heading home a corner after being left unmarked. More sloppy defending allowed Paul Kitson to put the Hammers ahead from another corner on 21 minutes. Darren Anderton’s measured lob made it 2-2 eight minutes later, but John Hartson headed home Dicks’ free-kick to give West Ham an interval lead. David Howells placed a long-range effort past Ludek Miklosko early in the second half, only for Dicks to slam home a penalty after Hartson went down under the challenge of Howells.

West Ham 2 Tottenham 1 (May 7, 2006)

Yossi  Benayoun
(Jon Buckle/Empics)

Tottenham’s dreams of Champions League football bit the dust after they were beaten by West Ham in a match marked for many by ‘Lasagne-gate’. Spurs held fourth place before kick-off but had to match Arsenal’s result against Wigan. Spurs had asked for the game to be delayed until the evening after 10 players were laid low by a severe outbreak of food poisoning in the team hotel overnight. But police advised the game could only be delayed by two hours, which Spurs medics ruled was not enough time, and the game went ahead as scheduled. Jermain Defoe’s expert finish drew the visitors level at half-time after Carl Fletcher had rifled West Ham into the lead with a 30-yard special. Paul Robinson saved a penalty from Sheringham but, as news of the Highbury score filtered through at Upton Park, Yossi Benayoun hammered the final nail in Tottenham’s coffin 10 minutes from time.

West Ham 3 Tottenham 4 (March 4, 2007)

Paul Stalteri
(Joe Giddens/Empics)

The game for which Paul Stalteri will always be fondly remembered by Spurs fans. The Canada international had struggled to make an impact for nearly two years since arriving from Werder Bremen, but coolly slotted home a dramatic stoppage-time winner at Upton Park which deepened the hosts’ relegation worries. The Hammers, having sacrificed a two-goal lead afforded them by Mark Noble and Carlos Tevez, had looked on course for three precious points after Bobby Zamora headed them into a 3-2 lead six minutes from time. But Dimitar Berbatov curled in a late free-kick and Stalteri stuck the killer blow on the break with virtually the last kick. A Defoe penalty and Teemu Tainio’s volley had earlier brought Spurs level.

West Ham 2 Tottenham 3 (February 25, 2013)

Gareth Bale
(Adam Davy/PA)

Gareth Bale scored a brilliant last-gasp winner to move Tottenham up to third after a cracking London derby at Upton Park. Jussi Jaaskelainen rolled back the years to keep the Hammers in the game for most of the clash, but there was nothing the 37-year-old could do to stop Bale’s blistering 25-yard shot flying into the top corner with 10 seconds remaining. Bale put Tottenham ahead in the first half, but Andy Carroll scored a penalty after being brought down in the box by former Hammers midfielder Scott Parker, who was booed throughout. Joe Cole thought he had grabbed the Hammers a morale-boosting win, but substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised and Bale completed the comeback in style.

Tottenham 3 West Ham 2 (November 19, 2016)

Harry Kane brought Tottenham back from the dead by scoring twice in the last two minutes to snatch a thrilling 3-2 victory at White Hart Lane. Spurs had looked on the brink of defeat when Manuel Lanzini’s 68th-minute penalty put the Hammers 2-1 ahead and they remained in front with one minute of normal time remaining, but Kane’s double – the second also a spot-kick – completed a dramatic turnaround. Tottenham academy graduate Harry Winks had earlier cancelled out Michail Antonio’s opener with a goal on his first Premier League start for the club.

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