Tottenham Hotspur kicked off their 2014-15 Premier League campaign with a last-gasp 1-0 victory over West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.
Eric Dier was the man of the moment, as the 20-year-old centre-back scored on his debut in injury time for Spurs.
However, it could have gone all so differently for Mauricio Pochettino’s side when defender Kyle Naughton was sent off for a handball offence inside the Tottenham penalty box just before the half-hour mark.
Mark Noble failed to convert his spot-kick, and then on 63 minutes James Collins was dismissed for a second bookable offence.
Dier, who moved to Tottenham from Sporting Lisbon earlier this month, popped up in injury time to score the winning goal and help his side to all three points.
England international winger Aaron Lennon started the clash against the Hammers and was replaced by Andros Townsend just past the hour mark.
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After the match, the 27-year-old star, who joined the North London club from Leeds United for £1 million in the summer of 2005, took to social networking site Twitter to revel in Tottenham’s winning start to the season.
Great start to the season especially after going down to 10 so early, lads showed great character and spirit to get a great win #coys— Aaron Lennon (@Aaron7Lennon) August 16, 2014
Under new manager Pochettino, Tottenham are expected to challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League, and the three points on the opening day of the season will certainly help them in achieving their objective. However, it was clear from Saturday’s performance that Spurs need to improve.