Gareth Bale broke West Ham United’s hearts on Monday night and effectively turned Tottenham into a one-man team.
Despite a cracking goal from Joe Cole, it was not to be the Hammers’ night at Upton Park. It would have been nice to take three points off our London rivals if only for the sake of the 20th anniversary of Hammer legend Bobby Moore’s death.
Bale grew with the game and decided he would take everything, corner kicks, free kicks, you name it. At one stage I thought he wanted to be a ball boy but that’s another matter.
After following the game live and on Twitter too, it was amazing to see the Hammer fans reaction to the Welshman. There were the usual expletives and Allardyce put the tin lid on it by singing his praises after the game. Before the match we said that it was a crucial game and the West Ham players seemed to have taken that onboard.
However, with Allardyce’s ridiculous substitutions, he more or less “threw the game”. Herbie Hide would have had a field day!
Thos substitutions allowed the North Londoners space they weren’t getting before and quite simply gave them the master key to the Hammers back door.
West Ham were 2 goals to one up and we thought we had snatched 3 valuable points, we thought we had turned things around, but it wasn’t to be. Despite Jussi’s efforts and he deserved a medal on Monday night, Bale was just too good for us.Jussi kept us in the match with a staggering 11 saves but in the end, he couldn’t do it all on his own, could he? West Ham’s defense was shaky and it let Tottenham run riot.
Joe Cole gave us inspiration and when he scored his cracker he quickly whipped off his shirt for which he was promptly yellow-carded.
But Bale’s two goals summed up a miserable night for the hammers and the last minute winner which was a 30 yarder just took the biscuit.
We did have it in our hands at one stage and sub Matt Taylor could have poked number three in and put paid to Tottenham’s advances. It wasn’t to be and as I’ve said many a time – ‘you have to make sure of the chances’.
It was a shame not to win because of Bobby Moore’s 20th anniversary and it would have been nice to grab a much needed three points.
Hammers goals came from a great spot kick by Andy Carroll after being taken out by Scott Parker and then a sublime effort by Joe Cole. On any other day that would have wrapped the game up – but not on Gareth Bale’s watch apparently.