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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Sam Allardyce aims double blast at ref and Spurs after late penalty in West Ham stalemate

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane crosses the ball infront of West Ham United's Alex Song during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane crosses the ball infront of West Ham United's Alex Song during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce hit out at both the Tottenham players and referee Jon Moss after a late Harry Kane equaliser cost the Hammers another win at White Hart Lane.

The visitors, looking for a third straight win at Tottenham but just a second Premier League victory since Christmas, were deservedly leading 2-0 with just 10 minutes remaining thanks to goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho.

But Danny Rose struck to reduce the arrears before Kane was brought down in the box by Alex Song in the last moments of five minutes of stoppage time.

The England Under-21 international dusted himself down to take the resulting penalty, only to see it saved by Adrian. Kane, though, was on hand to sweep home the rebound.

That proved to be the last meaningful kick of the game but Allardyce was left fuming at referee Moss, as well as the Spurs players, who he accused of going to ground too easily. Asked if Moss should have blown for full-time immediately after Adrian had saved the penalty, Allardyce replied: "The answer to that is yes, but he wouldn't be brave enough to do that at home would he?

"He'll say there was still two seconds to go. He will say when the penalty was taken, there were five seconds left, when the rebound came off there were three second left. So we're doing NFL now aren't we? I'd like a time-keeper to be perfectly honest with you.

"From our point of view, Alex has to keep his hands off him because he's going to feel that contact and take to the floor. He's got to. No-one is in doubt that when you're losing at that stage of the game and you know you're not going to score because he's kicked it too far.

"You're going to take the chance (by going to ground) and the referee gives him the opportunity to take the penalty - he wasn't good enough to score that but lucky enough to get the rebound."

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