West Ham United defender Winston Reid has admitted to the club’s official website that the players were tired in the final 10 minutes of the Premier League encounter against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Sam Allardyce’s side conceded twice late on to relinquish a 2-0 lead at White Hart Lane and played out a 2-2 draw with their London neighbours.
Cheikhou Kouyate put West Ham in the lead midway through the first half with a header, and Diafra Sakho doubled the advantage just past the hour mark when he turned in Mark Noble’s through-ball.
However, Tottenham stepped up their game thereafter and halved the deficit through a Danny Rose long-range strike in the 81st minute.
Then in the sixth minute of injury time, England Under-21 international striker Harry Kane scored the equaliser to salvage a point for Spurs.
Reid, who played for the entire 90 minutes, has now admitted that the West Ham players struggled with fatigue towards the end of the game.
“After they got one goal back we didn't keep the ball perhaps as well as we should have done,” the 26-year-old New Zealand international defender told West Ham’s official website.
“I think fatigue was beginning to show too because we didn't have the same energy levels in the last ten minutes.
"They grew in confidence and scored another goal at the death, it was disappointing from our point of view.”
Reid’s comments highlight the fitness levels of the Tottenham players, a key factor in the North London outfit staging comebacks time and time again this season.
One would not hear any Spurs player complain of being tired towards the end of a match.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has made the players fitter and more resilient, and this has been crucial in Tottenham maintaining their challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League this campaign.