Tottenham Hotspur’s opening match of their new Premier League campaign was not short of incident, even if the game was decided by a single goal.
Eric Dier netted the winner on his debut for Spurs following good work from substitute Harry Kane. But by then both sides were down to 10 men, Kyle Naughton seeing red for handling inside the area and James Collins taking an early bath after two bookable offences.
Mark Noble missed a penalty for the Hammers and was left to rue that when Dier slotted home with his first ever effort on goal for his new club.
It was the perfect start for new Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, but it left Sam Allardyce with plenty of questions to answer as he seeks to put a poor pre-season behind him.
West Ham have a number of new signings to call on this season, but it will take time for them to get match-fit and develop an understanding with their new teammates.
While Spurs did exactly what they had to, digging in and winning when all signs suggested they would fall short on the opening day.