Harry Kane sparked a big debate yesterday on whether or not he dived to win Tottenham’s late penalty and ultimately rescue a draw for his side.
The controversial incident clearly angered West Ham boss Sam Allardyce as he branded Spurs “desperate” as he thinks Kane made the referee’s mind up by going to ground far too easily.
West Ham went 2-0 up and were probably thinking that they would be leaving White Hart Lane with all three points and repeat their feat of winning there last season in one of three wins over Spurs for the Hammers last term.
But it wasn’t to be as Danny Rose’s mis-hit shot pulled a goal back for Mauricio Pochettino’s side before Kane levelled with the last kick of the game.
Tottenham have made a habit of getting late goals this season having won 13 points from the final five minutes of games and winning 16 points from losing positions. It shows that Spurs never stop until the final whistle and you can never count them out of a game this season.
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Anger pointed in the wrong direction
With Spurs piling on the pressure at the end, and with a lot of bodies in and around the box, Kane took full advantage of Alex Song’s clumsy defending to win his side a last gasp penalty and get the draw.
Allardyce wasn’t happy with the referee’s decision but said he doesn’t blame Kane for going down and thinks his own team are too honest at times and should go down more often, as they aren’t “getting rewards for our honesty”.
Clearly Allardyce thinks it was a dive, but it was a tough call for ref Jonathan Moss and it fairness it could have gone either way. Obviously West Ham fans were so annoyed by the decision because it came so late on to snatch all three points away from them but it should be Song that they are annoyed at not Kane.
That late on in the game, when your team is hanging on to get the points against a really strong Spurs side, you should not be committing like he did, especially in the box. Song was asking for trouble.
He was too close to Kane and by putting his hands on the striker’s back, however lightly, there was enough contact to allow Kane to go down. The striker said he didn’t dive, as he would, as he was trying to shoot before the Cameroonian brought him down. Anyway the penalty was given, Kane missed the spot kick but netted the rebound to claim his 24th goal of the season.
A lot has been made of diving this season, it was only last week that Wayne Rooney hit the deck to gain a penalty in the FA Cup against Preston and it’s not long since Jose Mourinho’s claims that there was a conspiracy against Chelsea after his players received bookings for dives.
However, out of those mentioned, Rooney’s was the only clear dive. The dives in question for Chelsea, especially Cesc Fabregas’ against Southampton and Diego Costa’s against Burnley. Mourinho made a point of the poor decisions made by referee’s against his side during his appearance on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday yesterday. You can’t argue with the footage, they weren’t dives.
Owing to that, it makes it hard to defend Song’s tackle, and condemn Kane for diving. Some dives are more obvious due to the way that players throw themselves to the ground theatrically, but Kane didn’t do that. It was a natural reaction to being caught by Song.
Can't blame Kane
Fans and pundits alike probably wanted to look for an excuse as to why Spurs shouldn’t have made that comeback and got the point, due to the amount of late points and goals they have gained. But this one, regardless of what minute of the game it was in, was a penalty.
West Ham threw away a golden opportunity to claw back some ground on their London rivals but instead now sit five points behind Tottenham in eighth position. It’s not impossible to catch Spurs, but the Irons hadn’t been playing well prior to yesterday’s game, and Spurs seem to have a way of getting results this season, so it is going to be a big job.
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