Mark Noble admits Tottenham's last minute equaliser was 'difficult to take'

Mark Noble

West Ham vice-captain Mark Noble has reflected on their 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

West Ham went into Sunday's clash at Tottenham in a dire run of form, winning just once in the last eight Premier League games before their trip to White Hart Lane.

Yet with just 30 minutes to play, West Ham looked to be in cruise control, leading the game 2-0 thanks to goals from Senegalese duo Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho.

However, everything fell apart for Sam Allardyce's men in the final ten minutes of the match, as Danny Rose's fluke shot looped over Adrian and into the net, before Harry Kane snatched a late equaliser.

Kane went down under a challenge from Alex Song with just seconds to play, and whilst he missed the resulting penalty, the rebound fell straight back to him to tap the ball home.

West Ham vice-captain Mark Noble spoke to the club's official website after the game, and admitted how hard it was to accept Kane's late goal.

"It's a special game for me and the fans, I love playing in the London derbies," said Noble. "I was enjoying the game, I always love coming here. It was a good atmosphere and at 2-0 I thought we were fully in control. They didn't look like hurting us and if anything we had a good chance to wrap it up when Enner went close."

"I'm not sure what went wrong really, I think we probably invited too much pressure onto us and that made it difficult. I was too far away from the penalty so I don't know if it was or not. Last minute at White Hart Lane it's difficult to take," he added.

West Ham now face another London derby this weekend, as they host Crystal Palace at Upton Park - and Noble will be looking to avoid more heartbreak this time around.

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