West Ham boss Sam Allardyce accused Harry Kane of going down too easily after the striker earned a stoppage-time penalty which secured Tottenham a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane.
The in-form England Under-21 international saw a last-gasp spot-kick saved by Adrian but tucked away the rebound to secure a share of the spoils for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who had trailed 2-0 with 10 minutes remaining following goals by Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho.
Danny Rose’s mis-hit shot from the edge of the area set up a grandstand finish and the stage was set for Kane when he was brought down in the box by Alex Song in the 95th minute, leaving Allardyce infuriated and labelling Spurs “so lucky”.
“You can argue whether it’s enough contact from Alex’s arm or whether it’s not, but when you’re desperate like Tottenham are and you get touched, a player’s going to fall over and ask the referee to make a decision,” the Hammers boss told BT Sport. “Whether it’s the right decision or not, it’s the way football is today.
“If we’re to learn anything by it, we have to do the same as what Tottenham do more often, because we stay on our feet and don’t get fouls and they get touched and go down and they do get fouls. In the end it’s make a difference.
“But they’re so lucky today – one with the first goal and two with the fact Adrian saved the penalty and it’s fortunately – and unfortunately for us – come straight back to Harry Kane. It’s a bitter disappointment. (We had) an opportunity to have won by more.”
Pochettino, on the other hand, felt his team could have had more to show for their afternoon's work than just the one point.
“In the last 10 minutes I think we came back into the game and scored the penalty in the last moment,” he said. “If you analyse the whole game, we started very well and we created some chances – we had three chances to score.
“After they scored, I think we started to play a slow tempo and it was difficult for us to play. But, if we analyse the 90 minutes, I think we deserve more than the one point.”
On the penalty incident, he added: “It’s difficult from my position on the bench. I always accept the decision from the referee.”
Kane, who headed into the game already brimming with confidence having scored 11 in his previous 10 top-flight games, was pleased to have come through the late test of nerve – albeit at the second attempt.
“It’s a nervous penalty to take, last minute, but these things happen,” he said. “When your luck’s in, your luck’s in and it fell nicely for me and I put it away, so I’ll take that.”
He added: “We were sloppy in the first half, kept giving the ball away, but we never gave up – we dug deep.
“At 2-0 down we started playing better – we knew what we had to do and delighted to draw in the end.
“We went 2-0 down and I didn’t see one head drop or anyone look disappointed. We knew we still had half an hour to get back into the game. We said, ’get one goal and the second will come’. Obviously we left it late again, but it shows the character in the squad.”