Spurs scored in added Fergie time once again to make it eleven games unbeaten in the league and at the same time, the club claimed third place in the Premiership ahead of Chelsea. Gareth Bale will claim his regular headlines after two goals and that dramatic long range effort but head coach Andre Villas-Boas praised a desire that ran through the whole team.
“We had so many incentives to win and the players showed that desire through and through,” said Andre on the club’s official website.
“They kept on fighting – fighting for the equaliser, fighting for the winning goal.”
This was one of those occasions where the Man of the Match could have been provided by the losing side and Tottenham would have had no need for Gareth’s late intervention if Jussi Jaaskelainen hadn’t been on top of his game.
“It was one of those games where the goalkeeper continues to make saves and I felt it was never going to go in. I know the second goal was a rebound, but it was also down to our perseverance to get the scoreline we wanted,” Andre added.
“Not many teams come here and have an easy time, West Ham are a very difficult team to play against. That’s what makes the win even more rewarding.”
The game was also notable for a first Premiership strike in a Spurs shirt for Gylfi Sigurdsson and the result gives us a four point cushion over the team in fifth place who we host in the North London derby this Sunday.