“But the way the players fought in the second half was fantastic”.
Wenger knows a victory over Spurs, not only their neighbours but now their title rivals, would help silence the boo-boys as he heads for the cauldron of noise the home fans at White Hart Lane are likely to produce on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team pride themselves on pressing their opponents but had the tables turned on them ruthlessly by their hosts, especially in a harrowing first 45 minutes in which they were run off their feet and out of position.
Tottenham’s best chance came on the hour when Harry Kane somehow missed his kick in front of goal after West Ham keeper Adrian saved a low 25-metre drive from Toby Alderweireld. Even without stars Mousa Dembele or Jan Vertonghen, Tottenham have enough quality to compete with anyone in the Premier League.
It may have been Antonio’s early goal that settled nerves – or frayed them further – but either way West Ham put on an impressive display to confirm their status as a legitimate top six side. Our fans are unhappy, I am unhappy, we’re all unhappy and if you were in our dressing room after the game you would see that we are absolutely devastated to lose the game.
West Ham could definitely give Tottenham a headache with this match.
As a Spurs fan, we’ve been waiting for this moment so long – being second in the league, playing Arsenal in third, being in contention for the title. Antonio beat Chadli to Dimitri Payet’s cross, but Lloris couldn’t hold onto the ball and parried it into the goal. They believed more and we had some problems in the first half but the second half we deserved more and the draw was fair.
“What they have is a ideal example for many clubs in the Premier League who would like to find a way to get better results”.
“There are great players here, I train with them daily and they have got the mentality and the desire to win but sometimes, we lack the hunger, the mentality that we are winning 1-0 when we go out on to the pitch”. We’re just staying focused. “For the whole 90 minutes we were magnificent”.
When the final whistle was blown at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night, it seemed as if Premier League leaders Leicester City had dropped two points in the race for the title. “On the contrary, we’re down on the Earth and concentrating on facing Everton on Saturday”.
On the stroke of half-time they had the ball in the net again, but referee Andre Marriner correctly ruled out Antonio’s effort for offside.