Date:Tuesday February 26 2013
One the evening Upton Park paid tribute to the late Bobby Moore, a true legend of the game, it was another respected footballer, Gareth Bale, that saw our hopes of taking anything from this fixture end with a stunning last minute goal.
With the grandchildren of the late, great Bobby Moore leading the teams out, followed by a minutes applause for the great man, the scene, even more so with the fantastic mosaic on display, set the scene for a thrilling affair and that is just how this game turned out.
Spurs, seeking to climb to third place in the Premier League, got off to the start they wanted when Gareth Bale skipped past a static James Collins and beat Jussi Jasskelainen with a low drive into the bottom corner.
Thankfully, West Ham weren`t behind for long when Scott Parker, who was booed every time he touched the ball, brought down Andy Carroll inside the penalty area. Carroll got to his feet and beat Hugo Lloris with a penalty high into the net.
All square at half time West Ham edged ahead in this thrilling encounter, in the 56th minute, when a ball into the box from Joey O`Brien found Joe Cole, despite Cole scuffing his shot Upton Park erupted in a wall of noise.
Despite the heroics of Jaaskelainen, in the Hammers goal, we couldn`t keep Sours out and in the 76th minute our defence failed to clear a free kick, taken by Gareth Bale, and Sigurdsson was on hand to take advantage and bundle the ball home.
As the clock ticked down it looked as if it would be a case of the spoils being shared until, in the 90th minute, Gareth Bale stepped up and unleashed a shot that was past Jaaskelainen and in the top corner of the net before the keeper had even had a chance to move.
Certainly not the best way, in our opinion, of ending what had started off as a memorable evening, but that`s football I`m afraid!
Date:Tuesday February 26 2013
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|West Ham||0||-||1||Crystal Palace|
|West Ham||2||-||1||Hull City|
|West Ham||0||-||2||Man Utd|
|11. Crystal Palace||35||13||4||18||-13||43|
|12. West Ham||35||10||7||18||-10||37|
|14. Hull City||33||10||6||17||-6||36|
|15. Aston Villa||34||9||8||17||-14||35|
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