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Tottenham   0 - 0   West Ham

Jermain Defoe
Defoe squandered several chances to score his 100th goal for Tottenham

By David Ornstein

Tottenham's hopes of finishing in the top four suffered a setback as they were held at home by West Ham despite hitting the woodwork three times.

Spurs, who have now not won in three league games, started well and Michael Dawson curled a shot on to the bar.

Carlton Cole missed two chances before Aaron Lennon fired against the post.

Cole and Demba Ba went close for the visitors while Jermain Defoe was denied by Robert Green, who also tipped Gareth Bale's free-kick on to the bar.

Defoe had two further opportunities to win it late on but West Ham defended heroically to seal a point that may prove crucial in their bid to avoid relegation.

The draw moves Avram Grant's team out of the drop zone and above Birmingham, West Brom and Blackpool - all of whom play later on Saturday - into 15th.

Tottenham, meanwhile, stay fifth but Chelsea are two points ahead of them with a game in hand.

Harry Redknapp will wonder how his team failed to break the deadlock but take nothing away from West Ham, who are now unbeaten in four Premier League games and look a side transformed in recent weeks.

Redknapp philosophical after stalemate

They beat Spurs at Upton Park earlier this season before winning the battle to move into the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games - and they may now feel like they have completed a hat-trick.

Spurs were playing their first league game at White Hart Lane since 5 February but there was little sign of rustiness as they got off to a blistering start in sun-drenched north London.

Buoyed by their Champions League victory over AC Milan and the prospect of facing Real Madrid in the quarter-finals, Redknapp named a line-up full of attacking flair and his side flooded forward from the first whistle.

Only three minutes had passed when captain Dawson rattled the woodwork with a curling effort from 18 yards and moments later Defoe saw a deft touch squirm narrowly wide after getting in front of Manuel da Costa to meet Bale's left-wing cross.

Bale, one of the Premier League's standout performers this season, was starting for the first time since 22 January following a back injury and swiftly set about troubling Hammers right-back Lars Jacobsen.

But West Ham showed superb resilience to hold firm and eventually set about creating chances of their own.

A superbly weighted pass from Thomas Hitzlsperger was volleyed off target by Cole before the striker was sent clean through by Ba, only to plant a weak finish straight at Heurelho Gomes.

Grant heaps praise on Green

Spurs were soon back in the ascendancy but West Ham's back four stood strong once more and wingers Bale and Lennon swapped sides in a bid to break the visitors' concentration.

The move almost paid dividends when, shortly after Luka Modric had drilled a shot inches wide, Lennon cut in from the left and fizzed a low strike against the far post.

Defoe could not react quickly enough to steer his follow-up into an empty net.

West Ham, seeking a first win at Tottenham since 1999, actually finished the first half on top and they got going in similar fashion after the break, Cole drawing an important save from Gomes with a fierce drive.

At the other end, Vedran Corluka and Modric combined to tee up Defoe but the England striker was denied from close range by the excellent Green. In truth, Defoe really should have scored.

By now the encounter had developed an intoxicating ebb and flow, Tottenham dominating possession but West Ham looking dangerous on the counter-attack.

Mark Noble fired wide with an overhead kick and Gomes produced an outstanding one-handed save to palm Ba's venomous goalbound shot around the post.

Redknapp replaced Rafael van der Vaart with Roman Pavlyuchenko and the Russian was twice thwarted by Green before the England goalkeeper pulled off a world-class save to push Bale's set-piece on to the bar.

Spurs pushed hard for a winner at the death but Defoe fired over and then the outstanding Wayne Bridge blocked him as he went to shoot, enabling West Ham to celebrate their point.

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Saturday, 19 March 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Tottenham 0-0 West Ham FT
(HT 0-0)

      Tottenham

      Substitutes

      West Ham

      Substitutes

      Ref: DeanAtt: 36,010
      TOTTENHAM
      WEST HAM

      Possession

      • Tottenham 55%
      • West Ham 45%

      Attempts on target

      • Tottenham 14
      • West Ham 5

      Attempts off target

      • Tottenham 12
      • West Ham 6

      Corners

      • Tottenham 6
      • West Ham 2

      Fouls

      • Tottenham 6
      • West Ham 13
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+4:01 The referee brings the game to a close.
      • 90:00+3:21 Effort from outside the penalty box by Luka Modric goes wide right of the target.
      • 90:00+2:52 Foul by Gary O'Neil on Benoit Assou-Ekotto, free kick awarded. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.
      • 90:00+1:09 Roman Pavlyuchenko has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 89:12 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Wayne Bridge gets a block in.
      • 88:19 Jermain Defoe produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 85:33 Corner from the left by-line taken by Luka Modric, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.
      • 84:19 Matthew Upson challenges Luka Modric unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Bale produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Robert Green makes a save.
      • 83:58 A cross is delivered by Alan Hutton, Manuel da Costa makes a clearance.
      • 83:37 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Wayne Bridge.
      • 83:16 Centre by Aaron Lennon, clearance made by Matthew Upson.
      • 81:00 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
      • 80:29 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green. Benoit Assou-Ekotto sends in a cross, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.
      • 79:40 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Blocked by Manuel da Costa.
      • 78:30 Benoit Assou-Ekotto delivers the ball, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.
      • 77:16 Substitution Victor Obinna joins the action as a substitute, replacing Carlton Cole.
      • 76:53 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Alan Hutton coming on for Vedran Corluka.
      • 75:41 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Manuel da Costa gets a block in.
      • 74:42 The ball is crossed by Aaron Lennon, Manuel da Costa manages to make a clearance.
      • 72:53 William Gallas concedes a free kick for a foul on Demba Ba. The ball is sent over by Mark Noble, Matthew Upson takes a shot.
      • 72:09 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
      • 70:53 Effort from deep inside the area by Mark Noble misses to the left of the goal.
      • 70:53 Substitution Roman Pavlyuchenko comes on in place of Rafael Van der Vaart.
      • 68:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Raniere Sandro. Free kick taken by Scott Parker.
      • 67:17 Unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Matthew Upson results in a free kick. William Gallas takes the direct free kick.
      • 67:17 Booking Matthew Upson receives a caution.
      • 65:57 Raniere Sandro has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
      • 64:09 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Heurelho Gomes by Matthew Upson. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
      • 63:50 Demba Ba takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 63:10 Luka Modric takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
      • 61:05 Carlton Cole is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Luka Modric crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Lars Jacobsen manages to make a clearance.
      • 59:34 The ball is swung over by Lars Jacobsen, Raniere Sandro manages to make a clearance.
      • 55:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlton Cole on Raniere Sandro. William Gallas takes the free kick.
      • 55:56 Booking Carlton Cole is shown a yellow card.
      • Correction - 54:46 Gary O'Neil sends in a cross, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance. Shot by Mark Noble from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
      • 54:46 Gary O'Neil produces a cross, clearance by Michael Dawson. Matthew Upson produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 53:11 Rafael Van der Vaart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlton Cole. Matthew Upson takes the direct free kick.
      • 51:26 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
      • 50:33 Carlton Cole has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
      • 49:31 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
      • 49:12 Gareth Bale fouled by Mark Noble, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance by Manuel da Costa.
      • 49:12 Booking Mark Noble receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
      • 45:28 Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 45:01 The second half begins.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:22 The match has reached half-time.
      • 45:00+1:11 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
      • 44:29 Unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart by Scott Parker results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart, save by Robert Green.
      • 44:29 Booking Scott Parker booked.
      • 43:34 Demba Ba takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 42:53 Corner taken by Mark Noble.
      • 40:24 Unfair challenge on Raniere Sandro by Carlton Cole results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Vedran Corluka.
      • 39:39 Shot from inside the six-yard box by Jermain Defoe goes wide right of the goal.
      • 39:22 Shot by Aaron Lennon from inside the penalty box hits the post.
      • 36:45 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
      • 36:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart by Matthew Upson. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the direct free kick.
      • 35:44 Gary O'Neil fouled by Gareth Bale, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Hitzlsperger crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Vedran Corluka.
      • 34:53 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jermain Defoe. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
      • 32:02 Luka Modric produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
      • 28:52 Demba Ba produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
      • 27:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Noble on Jermain Defoe. Direct free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
      • 26:30 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.
      • 25:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lars Jacobsen by Gareth Bale. Direct free kick taken by Mark Noble.
      • 21:33 Unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Benoit Assou-Ekotto results in a free kick. Thomas Hitzlsperger crosses the ball in from the free kick, Michael Dawson makes a clearance. Michael Dawson fouled by Manuel da Costa, the ref awards a free kick. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
      • 20:07 The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale, clearance by Wayne Bridge.
      • 18:57 Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 18:16 Shot from just outside the area by Rafael Van der Vaart misses to the left of the target.
      • 18:01 Corner taken short by Luka Modric.
      • 15:53 Luka Modric produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
      • 15:32 Short corner worked by Rafael Van der Vaart.
      • 13:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart by Scott Parker. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Thomas Hitzlsperger manages to make a clearance.
      • 12:53 Effort on goal by Carlton Cole from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
      • 11:22 Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 8:18 Aaron Lennon produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
      • 7:37 Raniere Sandro takes a shot. Blocked by Manuel da Costa. Rafael Van der Vaart takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
      • 5:58 Jermain Defoe produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
      • 3:07 Michael Dawson takes a shot.
      • 2:24 Gareth Bale fouled by Scott Parker, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from left wing, clearance made by Manuel da Costa.
      • 0:00 The match begins.

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      As it stood on 19 Mar 2011 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Man Utd 30 34 63
      2 Arsenal 29 30 58
      3 Man City 29 20 53
      4 Chelsea 28 27 51
      5 Tottenham 29 7 49
      6 Liverpool 29 3 42
      7 Bolton 30 1 40
      8 Everton 30 1 40
      9 Sunderland 29 -2 38
      10 Stoke 30 -2 37
      11 Newcastle 30 -1 36
      12 Fulham 30 0 35
      13 Blackburn 30 -12 33
      14 Aston Villa 30 -14 33
      15 Blackpool 30 -15 33
      16 West Brom 30 -15 33
      17 West Ham 30 -13 32
      18 Wolves 30 -14 32
      19 Birmingham 29 -13 31
      20 Wigan 30 -22 30

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