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Premiership: Spurs 2-2 West Ham

Harry Kane won a penalty and scored with the last kick of the game to earn Tottenham a draw against West Ham.

Kane’s 96th-minute penalty was saved but he reacted quickest to give Spurs an unlikely point at White Hart Lane.

West Ham had led 2-0 through goals from Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate with just nine minutes left to play.

Danny Rose’s mis-hit long-range shot set up the comeback before Kane, who was felled by Alex Song, pounced to score his 24th goal of the season.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino made six changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Fiorentina in the last 32 of the Europa League in midweek, as he prepared for the second match of a demanding schedule of six games in 17 days that includes Thursday’s return leg in Florence and next Sunday’s League Cup final against Chelsea.

With Spurs also chasing Champions League qualification via a top-four finish in the Premier League, Pochettino recalled top-scorer Kane for this London derby but opted to rest his other star performer this season, Christian Eriksen.

Spurs started in typically quick fashion as Nabil Bentaleb twice tested West Ham goalkeeper Adrian with long-range efforts before Kane struck the post in an opening 10-minute spell in which Spurs enjoyed 82% possession.

However, it was the robust-tackling Hammers who took the lead on 22 minutes when Mousa Dembele lost possession on the edge of his own box and midfielder Kouyate rose between two defenders to powerfully head home Aaron Cresswell’s cross.

That proved to be Dembele’s key contribution to the match as he was replaced at half-time by Eriksen, who had started Tottenham’s last 34 Premier League games and notched 11 goals and four assists in all competitions this season.

But it was West Ham who continued to create the better chances and after Sakho had squandered a one-on-one with Hugo Lloris, the Senegal striker made no mistake at the back post on 62 minutes, squeezing in Mark Noble’s cross for his 11th goal of the season.

West Ham looked set for a first victory in four Premier League games to ease the pressure on manager Sam Allardyce, whose future had been the subject of speculation following a humiliating 4-0 FA Cup loss to West Brom in midweek.

However, Spurs had other ideas and after Rose had halved the deficit with his fortuitous strike, Kane once again stepped forward as Spurs’ saviour this season.

The striker went down in the box under the slightest pressure from Song and after seeing his penalty saved by Adrian kept his composure to slot home the rebound for the Premier League’s sixth-placed side.

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FA Cup: Bristol City 0-1 West Ham

Substitute Diafra Sakho headed West Ham into the fifth round of the FA Cup, breaking the hearts of brave Bristol City with an 81st-minute winner.

It was the striker’s first appearance since suffering a back injury against West Brom on New Year’s Day and he marked it by rising at the far post to beat Frank Fielding from close range after Andy Carroll had done well to get in a cross from the right.

The outcome was harsh on the Sky Bet League One promotion contenders, who were competitive throughout and gave their Barclays Premier League opponents all the trouble they could handle.

City looked the more threatening side for most of a lively first half and it took two goal line clearances to keep the Hammers on level terms.

Mark Noble was on hand to block Matt Smith’s fifth-minute header after Aden Flint’s power in the air at a corner had set up the chance.

And Carroll did even better to divert another Smith header over his own crossbar in the 26th minute, leaving the big City striker holding his head in disbelief after he had connected with a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas cross.

Smith had already seen an early shot blocked by James Tomkins and Joe Bryan fired across goal from an Emmanuel-Thomas pass as the home side displayed the confidence gained from their league form this season.

It took West Ham until the 37th minute to force a save from Fielding. Then Carroll’s close-range shot was straight at the City goalkeeper from a Carl Jenkinson cross.

Kevin Nolan had a shot charged down by Bryan as the first half drew to an end, but it had been a largely frustrating one for the Premier League outfit.

City were more energetic in midfield, with Luke Freeman and debutant loanee George Saville showing up well.

The second half began more quietly, with an Emmanuel-Thomas free-kick from 25 yards bringing a comfortable save from Adrian in the 55th minute.

West Ham were still struggling to put any meaningful moves together and Sam Allardyce had seen enough, sending on Sakho and Morgan Amalfitano for Enner Valencia and the out-of-sorts Alex Song before the hour mark.

Stewart Downing sprang to life in the 62nd minute, driving at the City defence and sending a powerful shot over from the edge of the box.

But it was a rare moment of anxiety for Fielding. At the other end Smith continued to pose problems, heading over from Bryan’s left-wing cross.

Flint was outstanding at the back for City and did well to block a Sakho shot in the 75th minute and seconds later the lively Hammers substitute went closer, grazing the crossbar with the fierce shot from 12 yards.

Home boss Steve Cotterill responded by sending on Scott Wagstaff for Mark Little at right wing-back as the visiting fans did their best to lift their team following Sakho’s efforts.

West Ham were looking increasingly solid, but Nolan picked up a booking for a late challenge on Bryan, whose deep cross from the left was then headed over at the far post by Luke Ayling.

Amalfitano forced a save from Fielding with a curling shot from distance just before the deadlock was finally broken. Even then, City almost forced an injury-time equaliser when Smith headed inches wide from an Emmanuel-Thomas cross.

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Premiership: West Ham 3-1 Swansea

Two-goal Andy Carroll helped West Ham climb to third in the Barclays Premier League with a 3-1 victory over 10-man Swansea at Upton Park.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce put his neck on the line leading into the game after revealing he opted to sign Carroll rather than Wilfried Bony in the summer of 2013, insisting his decision would be vindicated in time.

Bony has since lit up the league and is in a rich vein of form, while Carroll has struggled for both fitness and form since his club-record move to east London.

It looked as though Allardyce’s comments would backfire on him and his player when Bony put the Swans in front, but Carroll’s brace – plus a third from returning substitute Diafra Sakho – sealed a come-from-behind victory to leave just Chelsea and Manchester City above the Hammers.

Swansea ended the match a man down, with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski dismissed for attempting to impede Sakho as he bore down on goal.

West Ham were quick out of the blocks and skipper Kevin Nolan had two good chances to open the scoring for the Hammers but he could not connect fully with Carl Jenkinson’s cross down the right as his volley squirmed wide.

His second chance came moments later after a disguised Stewart Downing free-kick allowed him to get a shot away, with Fabianski making a smart stop and James Tomkins’ follow-up effort blocked.

The visitors had been second-best up until that point but were ahead from their first chance as Jefferson Montero and Gylfi Sigurdsson exchanged passes before the former fed Bony, who coolly slotted home past Adrian for his 19th league goal of 2014 and his seventh in nine games.

Swansea were having less of the ball but looked more incisive and could have doubled their lead on 26 minutes as Sigurdsson’s driven effort was pushed away by the West Ham stopper.

Bony then came close to a second after Cheikhou Kouyate was robbed of possession on the edge of his own area and the Ivory Coast international arrowed a shot inches wide.

Both sides were looking dangerous in possession and Aaron Cresswell came close to his second goal in a week but he could only head Downing’s pinpoint ball straight at Fabianski.

Carroll may not be enjoying a similar goalscoring record as counterpart Bony, but the England international showed just what he is capable of as he rose to head home a Jenkinson cross five minutes before the break.

It was Bony who once again came close on the hour-mark as he collected Montero’s pass and flashed an effort past Adrian, only to see it clip the crossbar and go behind before a goal-kick.

West Ham were presented with a good opportunity to take the lead as Leon Britton was caught dawdling by Nolan, who fed substitute Sakho – with the Senegal international’s cross poked behind for a corner.

And Carroll was on hand to leap highest and head home Downing’s corner – with the former Newcastle man running over the embrace Allardyce and the rest of West Ham’s bench.

Things went from bad to worse for the Swans as Fabianski was shown a straight red card seconds later as he was adjudged to have fouled Sakho as he raced through on goal.

Sakho came close to wrapping up the points but could only hit the post when one on one with substitute goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel before Swansea looked to hit back despite their numerical disadvantage.

But West Ham added a third courtesy of a thunderous finish from Sakho, his seventh league goal of the season, to wrap up an eighth win of the season.

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