Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho praised West Ham’s ‘incredible belief’ after the visitors earned an unbelievable last-gasp point against his side yesterday, as quoted by Football.London.
The fact that the Hammers left the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and returned to the London Stadium with a point having been 3-0 down inside the first 16 minutes really was quite remarkable.
West Ham looked beaten at half-time. But David Moyes obviously said the right things during the interval and we looked like a totally different team in the second-half.
The Hammers players were first to every second ball. They were up for the fight. Only the final product was missing.
Until the 81st minute…
And the rest is history. West Ham left Tottenham with the most unlikely of points.
And Spurs boss Jose Mourinho told Football.London how the Hammers players deserve credit for the incredible belief that they showed:
“I think you can imagine how frustrated I am. Unfortunately it’s football. It’s easier for me to praise them than criticise us. It’s easier for me to analyse internally and discuss with the players than speak about it and my feelings now. I prefer to say that they had incredible belief. And probably they scored that first goal when they didn’t have that belief. I don’t think we believed that it could ever happen, what happened, and we were punished by that and punished by their belief.”
The West Ham players really do deserve a lot of credit for the manner in which they kept on going until the very end.
That point could end up being very important come the end of the season. No team has ever come back from 3-0 down with only 10 minutes remaining in the history of the Premier League.
So that goes to show just how impressive it was from the Hammers.
Hopefully the players will be buzzing heading into Saturday’s clash with Manchester City.
And with high praise from someone as highly thought of as Mourinho, the West Ham players have the right to be pleased with themselves.