So, here was a London derby for the realists. West Ham, not nearly as bad as their early results might have suggested. Tottenham, not quite the finished article.
Which is what the two managers have been saying. Antonio Conte told Spurs fans to dream after their impressive start to the season while warning about the long road ahead, and talking about room for improvement.
David Moyes has spoken of an exciting future for the Hammers after a busy summer in the transfer market.
Tomas Soucek celebrates scoring West Ham’s equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham
Spurs had taken the lead when Thilo Kerhrer turned the ball into his own net in the first half
Some of his new signings were on display but it was one of his old warriors Tomas Soucek who earned a point for the home team after they slipped behind to a first-half own goal scorer by Thilo Kehrer.
West Ham were the better team for large parts of the contest, finding their rhythm in the second half and were pushing hard for a winner as it ticked through closing stages which became increasingly fraught.
The home crowd roared their team on, and Bowen was agonisingly close with a volley at full stretch from a tight angle in stoppage time, but Spurs resisted, rode their luck and remain unbeaten. West Ham will take encouragement.
Spurs had been awarded a penalty early on but it was overturned by the VAR after a long delay
The game was barely 10 minutes old when controversy was stirred into the derby mix. Ivan Perisic crossed from the Tottenham left and Harry Kane climbed at the back post, heading the ball into the arms of Aaron Cresswell as he challenged.
Immediately, Referee Peter Bankes pointed the spot but VAR Stuart Attwell put the brakes on proceedings as he rewound the video clips. It took four minutes before Attwell advised Bankes to consult the pitchside monitor. The tension increased as Conte remonstrated and the fans grew impatient.
Then Bankes saw what Attwell had seen. Kane’s header struck Cresswell on the head first and then deflected into his hands and the referee revised his decision.
Who knows why it took so long but there would be no penalty to the delight of the home crowd and the frustration of the visitors.
Yves Bissouma was still hopping mad when he hurled the ball angrily into the turf, moments later, adjudged to have tripped Jarrod Bowen and marked his first start for Tottenham with a yellow card.
MATCH FACTS AND RATINGS
West Ham (4-2-3-1): Fabianski 6; Coufal 6, Kehrer 5.5, Zouma 6, Cresswell 6.5 (Ogbonna 72, 6); Rice 8, Soucek 7.5; Bowen 7.5, Benrahma 6.5 (Paqueta 68, 6), Fornals 7 (Emerson 85); Antonio 7.
Subs: Areola, Randolph, Lananzini, Downes, Cornet, Coventry, Emerson.
Goals: Soucek 54
Bookings: Paqueta, Emerson
Manager: David Moyes 6.5
Spurs (3-4-3): Lloris 6; Sanchez 6, Dier 6, Davies 6; Royal 6, Hojbjerg 7, Bissouma 6.5, Perisic 6; Kulusevski 7 (Richarlison 76, 6), Kane 6.5, Son 6.
Subs: Forster, Doherty, Skipp, Sessegnon, Spence, Tanganga, Sarr, Lenglet.
Goals: Kehrer OG 34,
Bookings: Bissouma, Davies, Richarlison, Perisic
Manager: Antonio Conte 6
Ref: Peter Bankes 6
Bissouma was the only change to Conte’s side. Rodrigo Bentancur was absent after coming off following a clash of heads against Nottingham Forest on Sunday, although the Spurs boss expects the Uruguayan to be available against Fulham on Saturday.
Apart from the penalty rigmarole, most of the early threat came from West Ham. Bowen, released by Said Benrahma, flashed a shot wide and Hugo Lloris denied Pablo Fornals from distance.
Lloris, on the 10th anniversary of his arrival at Tottenham from Lyon, made another fine save to beat away a thumping volley from Declan Rice, after the VAR intermission but was beaten midway through the first half when Michail Antonio rattled a post with a swerving shot.
David Moyes gave a debut to the club’s new Brazilian signing Lucas Paqueta in the second half
Antonio started with new £30million striker Gianluca Scamacca ill and West Ham were on top, performing with confidence, which can be dangerous against Conte’s team, seldom more dangerous than when galloping out of defence on the turnover of possession.
And so it proved nine minutes before the interval. Rice charged forward, attempting to play a one-two with Benrahma. Tottenham won the ball on the edge of their own penalty area and pounced.
Dejan Kulusevski led the counter attack, advancing to find Kane on a well-timed overlap on the right. Kane’s low cross was bound for Son Heung-min when Thilo Kehrer intervened and turned it into his own net.
Antonio Conte was left frustrated as his side did not do enough to claim all three points
Kehrer, who conceded a penalty on his Premier League debut against Brighton, has not enjoyed the most positive start to his career in claret-and-blue.
Once ahead, Spurs can be difficult to unpick but West Ham injected more energy into the contest at the start the second half and were soon level. A quick throw found Antonio, who turned the ball into the path of Tomas Soucek as he broke into the penalty box.
Soucek took one touch on his left thigh and smashed a shot past Lloris on the half-volley with his right foot. It was a fabulous goal and no more than Moyes’ team deserved for their enterprise.
On top again, they went after the second. Bowen went close when Ivan Persic and Lloris were hustled into mistakes as the visitors tried to pass their way out of defence.
With the crowd up and the stage set, Moyes sent on Lucas Paqueta to make his debut. West Ham’s £52m record signing from Lyon had been introduced to the London Stadium before the teams came out.
The match was a typically fiery London derby but the two sides could not be separated
The Brazilian playmaker replaced Benrahma and was quickly involved but Tottenham found a response. Son went close and an overhead kick by Davison Sanchez flashed wide from a corner.
The balance of the game tipped. At the other end, Fornals fired over when a cross by Vladimir Coufal diverted his way.
Richarlison entered to a chorus of boos from the West Ham supporters. Paqueta was unable to influence the game but he increased his popularity with a foul on his fellow Brazilian, and his first yellow card in English football.
Fabianski saved from Kane in the tetchy closing stages but, ultimately, there was nothing between these London rivals