LONDON: Tottenham had good news in midweek when they won a legal case which mean they can proceed with their £400,000 redevelopment of White Hart Lane. Then they were happy to stage a dramatic late surge to rescue a 2-2 home draw in their derby against West Ham.
Hammers struck through Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho before Spurs hit back through Danny Rose. In the last seconds of stoppage time Harry Kane had a penalty parried by Adrian but Spurs’ top scorer followed up to score. Comeback specialists Spurs have saved 15 points from losing positions in the league this term.
Playmaker Christian Eriksen had been rested on the subs’ bench in the first half ahead of a tough week featuring a Europa League trip to Fiorentina then League Cup Final against Chelsea.
** Southampton had three penalty appeals turned down as they lost at home to Liverpool who, not content with having signed three Saints stars last summer, followed up with a 2-0 win at St Mary’s.
With Daniel Sturridge starting on the subs’ bench, the damage was done by Philippe Coutinho after three minutes and stand-in striker Raheem Sterling in the 73rd.
Mario Balotelli was an unused substitute after the midweek controversy when he snatched the ball from skipper Jordan Henderson to convert a late winning penalty against Besiktas in the Europa League.
** Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, who scored a hat-trick against Youngs Boys in Bern in the Europa League, was out of luck as they were held 2-2, to a fifth home draw in succession by struggling Leicester.