Premier League - West Ham hang on for point at Spurs

Sat, 19 Mar 14:45:00 2011

Tottenham were held to a 0-0 draw by struggling West Ham in the Premier League at White Hart Lane despite creating a hatful of chances.

Match Highlights:

Spurs were looking to move level on points with Chelsea in fourth place but just could not find the back of the net with Robert Green in inspired form.

The England keeper made a number of crucial saves, none more so than a stunning stop from a Gareth Bale free-kick just four minutes from time.

Jermain Defoe, hunting his 100th goal in a Tottenham shirt, was particularly wasteful in front of goal and indeed West Ham even had a couple of chances of their own in a match that managed to remain absorbing throughout despite a lack of goals.

The Hammers move out of the relegation zone with the draw while Spurs will see this as two points lost in their bid to secure Champions League football again next season.

Tottenham nearly took the lead as early as the fourth minute when Michael Dawson of all people curled a shot from the edge of the area onto the crossbar, and moments later, Defoe just failed to turn in a low cross from Bale.

Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart also came close with efforts off short corners, and the Croat then curled another good effort just wide from the edge of the area.

The closest Spurs came though was in the 40th minute when Aaron Lennon, who at this stage had switched wings with Bale, cut in from the left and drilled a low drive off the post; the ball popped out to Defoe just yards out with the goal gaping but he turned his effort wide.

West Ham were almost constantly under attack but they did have the odd moment at the other end and Carton Cole missed arguably the best chance of the half when he timidly shot at Heurelho Gomes after a Demba Ba pass had cut the defence open.

West Ham were a little more ambitious after the break but it was still Tottenham who looked the more likely to score throughout

Gomes had to push away an early Cole effort but then Green made a point blank save from Defoe after he was set up by the excellent Modric.

In the 65th minute Gomes showed that he was tuned into things too though as he pushed away a pile-driver from Ba, and Mark Noble had two decent chances after that to give West Ham a shock lead.

Roman Pavlyuchenko, on for the tired-looking Van der Vaart, forced Green into a couple of saves in the final 10 minutes, Defoe snatched at a few more efforts and then Green somehow pushed a Bale free-kick onto the crossbar when it looked bound for the top corner.

Green would be worthy man-of-the-match winner for his performance but there was also a case to give that honour to Wayne Bridge who dealt with both Bale and Lennon superbly.

Nothing Spurs did could bring them a goal though and they are now two points off fourth place Chelsea, with their London rivals also having a game in hand; while Tottenham are also four points off third-placed Manchester City after the same number of games.

Seán Fay / Eurosport

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