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Dier delivers derby delight for Spurs

ESPN staff
August 16, 2014
Eric Dier kept his cool in front of goal © Getty Images
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Eric Dier scored a late winner for Tottenham as they beat West Ham 1-0 at Upton Park.

The game looked to be heading for a goalless draw, but centre-back Dier struck the only goal of the game for Mauricio Pochettino's side to ensure the new manager began his Premier League campaign as Spurs' boss with a victory.

Tottenham were reduced to 10 men after 28 minutes when Kyle Naughton was harshly dismissed by referee Chris Foy for handling Kevin Nolan's shot in the penalty area.

However, Mark Noble failed to give West Ham the advantage as he put the penalty wide to Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris' right.

James Collins was then sent off for West Ham in the second half following a blatant body check on Emmanuel Adebayor, but when Christian Eriksen lined up to take the free-kick he was rudely interrupted by a fan.

West Ham pressed for a breakthrough late on, but Lloris produced a fine stop to deny Stewart Downing by coming out to get enough on the ball.

Down the other end, Nabil Bentaleb tested West Ham 'keeper Adrian in injury time, but Dier went one better by rounding Adrian in the third minute of added-on time from Harry Kane's through pass to score.

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Tottenham's Kyle Naughton was shown the first red card of the Premier League season © Getty Images

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce had the jinx over Spurs last season as he guided the Hammers to three wins against their London rivals - and the 59-year-old will be left bemoaning his side's inability to hit the target despite enjoying periods of sustained possession earlier in the game.

During the summer Allardyce had been tasked with bringing a more entertaining brand of football to Upton Park and, up against Pochettino's supposedly free-flowing Spurs side, his team started the brighter.

Midway through the half Ricardo Vaz Te miscued when a Collins flick-on found the Portuguese winger in plenty of space at the back post and shortly afterwards debutant Cheikhou Kouyate's diving header flew inches wide of Lloris' goal.

With just under half an hour on the clock the hosts were given the perfect opportunity to open the scoring when they were awarded a penalty for handball against Naughton.

The full-back was arguably unlucky to be sent off for the misdemeanour but Noble could only drag the resulting spot-kick wide, with Lloris diving the wrong way.

The Hammers remained the dominant force for the remainder of the half but could not find a way past Lloris, with Vaz Te flashing an effort wide as Allardyce's side continued to struggle in their quest to find the target.

Tottenham came close to breaking the deadlock against the run of play as Lamela stole the ball off Noble and played in Aaron Lennon, who could only whip his shot over the bar.

Vaz Te finally forced Lloris into a save, albeit a routine one, as he headed into the ground and straight into the hands of the France goalkeeper.

After the break it was Downing who stung the palms of Lloris, with Pochettino deciding to change things on the hour-mark as Andros Townsend and Lewis Holtby were introduced moments before the contest was evened up.

Collins picked up his second yellow card as he stopped Adebayor in his tracks with Foy having a busy first day of the new season.

Eriksen may have fluffed his lines from the free-kick that followed but Spurs were soon in the ascendancy for the first time in the game.

Townsend forced Adrian into the best save of the match before seeing a similar effort deflected off target shortly afterwards.

With both sides a body light, the game opened up as the half wore on - with Noble only able to shoot straight at Lloris after Younes Kaboul had failed to bring the ball out of defence for the visitors.

Allardyce brought on summer signing Enner Valencia for a 10-minute cameo with the Ecuador striker receiving a rapturous reception from the home fans.

It was Downing, though, who came close to winning it late on for West Ham.

The England winger exchanged neat passes with Nolan on the edge of the Spurs box before forcing his way through on goal, with Lloris doing well to close in and block Downing's shot.

Adrian had to be lively at the opposing end to push out a long-range Bentaleb drive but the Spaniard could do nothing as Dier, a summer signing from Sporting Lisbon, kept his cool to send the travelling Spurs fans into delirium.

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