If any pundit is capable of demonstrating the joy West Ham United fans felt when Manuel Lanzini sealed their 3-3 comeback draw at Tottenham Hotspur it is probably Micah Richards.
West Ham fans are on cloud nine this morning after Sunday night’s heroics.
For the first 16 minutes the Hammers were unrecognisable from the team that had impressed in games against Arsenal, Wolves and Leicester.
And West Ham paid the price with a clinical Spurs blasting into an early 3-0 lead.
West Ham’s magical comeback
David Moyes’s side slowly but surely recovered and got a foothold in the game. But nobody saw the dramatic late turnaround coming on 82 minutes, not even the most optimistic of West Ham fans.
But come it did. Fabian Balbuena did well to nod home an Aaron Cresswell free-kick. Then three minutes later Vladimir Coufal and Andru Yarmolenko combined brilliantly for the former to force an own goal – although the ball was making it’s way to a wide open Jarrod Bowen who would have scored a tap-in anyway.
Lanzini then completed a record-breaking comeback with his stunning, fizzing drive into the top corner at the death.
The West Ham equaliser sent reverberations around football.
Popular pundit ‘nearly deafened’ MOTD colleagues when Lanzini equalised
And popular former Manchester City defender Richards was not immune to the West Ham shockwave.
Richards has been a revelation since moving into punditry with BBC and Sky Sports following his early retirement due to injury.
He has been seriously brightening up football coverage. Not just with his permanent positive energy and infectious laugh but excellent insight too.
And he admitted he ‘nearly deafened’ his Match of the Day 2 colleagues Danny Murphy and Mark Chapman with his screaming when West Ham equalised.
“What a game, WHAT a game of football, absolutely brilliant,” Richards said on Match of the Day 2.
“They (Spurs) got the early warning (when Pablo Fornals missed a sitter), we thought Fornals was offside at the time but he wasn’t. Then Balbuena gets his header from a free-kick.
‘You screamed actually’
“At this point we’re thinking ‘no they can’t do it can they?’.
“Coufal was outstanding all game down that side, Yarmolenko plays a lovely ball just in behind and I’ve been in that situation as a centre-back you can’t move your feet quick enough and he heads it into his own goal.
“Another set-piece, header comes out, (Harry) Winks does really well to sort of get it out but look at that for a strike!
“I mean I was shouting in the room there, I nearly deafened ya!”
Chapman interjects: “You screamed actually.”
“It’s just that no-one thought that the game was going to end 3-3. Danny joked that it might end up 3-3 but WHAT a strike that is.”
A brilliant reaction to a brilliant result for West Ham.