Did Mauricio Pochettino get his starting line-up wrong? Yes.
Did Spurs play badly against the Hammers? Yes.
But anyone expecting the final score to reflect the performance of either side on merit would have been left surprised and, if you are a West Ham fan, disappointed.
It didn't matter how it happened but Tottenham clawed their way back to 2-2. Danny Rose produced a fortuitous finish and Harry Kane then missed a penalty - but struck home the rebound to win a point against Sam Allardyce's side.
And the post-match social media reaction of 21-year-old Kane and another vital Spurs asset, 20-year-old midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, summed Tottenham up.
That attitude, of course, will be a huge help as the north London side travel to Italy to face Fiorentina in the Europa League this Thursday night, only to face Premier League leaders Chelsea in the final of the Capital One Cup just three days later.
It may have been scrappy against West Ham and they may not have deserved a draw. Pochettino, meanwhile, could even be accused of cracking under pressure - his team selections raised eyebrows against both Fiorentina and the Hammers.
But Tottenham never gave up.