That probably was not the impact Gareth Bale was hoping for.
At 3-0, Tottenham were cruising, the game looked dead and buried and yet no-one banked on one of the all-time great comebacks in Premier League history.
It was an astonishing game. Tottenham were fabulous in the first half, they switched off and West Ham clawed their way back with a mix of courage and high drama.
Substitute Manuel Lanzini smashed a 20 yard screamer in off the underside of the crossbar to spark wild celebrations among the West Ham players and visiting dugout.
Incredibly, Tottenham were second in the table when Bale came on after 73 minutes… and by the time the game finished and they had thrown away the lead they were sixth.
Football should never cease to surprise us – especially not in this crazy, madcap season – but no-one could have seen this one coming.
Not with Tottenham 3-0 up after 16 minutes, Harry Kane was incredible, he had scored twice and Heung-Min was also on target as they absolutely destroyed poor old West Ham.
Lord alone knows what David Moyes said to his players at half time. Or maybe he just did his team talk via video link as it had worked so well before while he was self isolating while he recovered from coronavirus.
West Ham showed far more fight and courage in the second half, but even so they were still 3-0 down at 83 minutes and that made a piece of history as no-one has ever come from behind from that margin as late in a game.
Jose Mourinho looked shell shocked afterwards, struggled to explain away his team’s collapse because you could see the confidence and belief drain from his players.
That is inexcusable from a team which had won 6-1 at Manchester United in their last game and with so many seasoned professionals.
But they just switched off and, as soon as Fabián Balbuena pulled one back, the game changed and West Ham believed. Where they got it from, it is had to know but credit must go to Moyes for turning this season around let alone this game.
They are no longer such a soft touch even after going behind inside 46 seconds. Kane beat Balbuena in the centre circle and sprayed the most wonderful ball to release Son who cut inside and curled the ball inside Lukasz Fabianski’s far post. That was eight goals in five games for Son.
Tottenham were 2-0 up after eight minutes when Pierre-Emile Højbjerg found Son, he set up Kane who nutmegged Declan Rice and and then smashed a low shot into the corner.
It was 3-0 after 16 minutes, left back Sergio Reguilón put over a deep cross and there was Kane at the back post to head home. That is nine goals and nine assists this season. Remember when people said Kane would not score goals under Jose Mourinho? What a laugh.
The game should have been over. In fact, it was such a cruise that they could Bale on for a nice run-out. Welcome back, Gareth. Kane hit the post, Tottenham could have had another.
But it all changed after 83 minutes. Aaron Cresswell, so influential with his crossing, put over a ball and Balbuena headed in. Two minutes later, Vladimír Coufal put over a cross and Davinson Sanchez headed into his own net.
Bale could have scored in injury time when he raced away, put Angelo Ogbonna on his back side but steered the chance wide. That was the slice of luck West Ham needed – and earned with their spirit.
In the fourth minute of injury time, Cresswell’s free kick was half cleared, Harry Winks could not shepherd it away and it fell to Lanzini who smashed a stunning shot. Hugo Lloris got a hand to the ball but there was no stopping it. What a sensational finish.
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