Spurs 3-3 West Ham: Lanzini wonderstrike seals remarkable comeback

We came back from three goals down with under 10 minutes to go to rescue a point in an astonishing comeback against Tottenham.

Manuel Lanzini’s brilliant long-range strike in injury time levelled the scores after Spurs had taken complete control in the opening 16 minutes through two goals from Harry Kane and one from Son Heung-min.

Fabian Balbuena’s header began West Ham’s fightback, with Davinson Sanchez’s own goal giving even more hope with five minutes to go.

Gareth Bale, on as a substitute in his first appearance since his return to Spurs from Real Madrid, missed a great chance in stoppage time before Lanzini lashed the ball in off goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ fingertips to cap an incredible climax.

We improved markedly in the second half, but when Kane hit the post with 12 minutes to go there was no sign that the final result would be anything other than another win for Spurs. The result sees us move up two places into eighth.

Faced by a daunting scoreline before a quarter of the game had gone, We dug deep and didn’t collapse completely as might have been expected after Spurs’ opening onslaught.

But when Pablo Fornals somehow headed over from two yards out with keeper Lloris not in the picture, it seemed to suggest that we would leave north London empty-handed.

But we went on the front foot even after the introduction of Bale suggested that Spurs were closing in for the kill. Balbuena’s goal jangled the hosts’ nerves, and when Sanchez diverted Coufal’s cross into his own net it was the away side who scented blood.

Lanzini’s brilliant shot, his first goal since May 2019, gave West Ham a draw that sees them putting a poor start to the season behind them with seven points from their last three Premier League outings.

“I hadn’t thought we played badly in the first half, that’s what I said at half-time, sometimes you feel you have to do something – we didn’t, we made changes later on and they certainly made a big difference. The plan was not to go 4-0 down, we said if we got one we would see what happened. It is a growing confidence we have at West Ham at the moment, we missed some chances today. A really good performance from the players got us back into it. We thought we played really well, the football was good, we threatened them. We are playing against a team everyone is talking about and after 10 minutes I was thinking ‘is this going to be six or seven?’ We changed and it made us better. Since we came back from lockdown we’ve been a completely different team. We keep scoring goals, but need to get back to clean sheets.”

West Ham manager David Moyes to BBC Sport

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