David Moyes believes West Ham’s latest visit to Tottenham has kickstarted the transformation from relegation contenders to top-four challengers.
In October 2020, the Hammers were 3-0 down to their derby rivals after just 16 minutes and were still trailing by the same margin with eight minutes to go.
But Fabian Balbuena clawed one back and a Davinson Sanchez own goal set up a grandstand finish that was crowned by a memorable strike from Manuel Lanzini to clinch an unlikely point.
Moyes, who returns to Spurs with West Ham on Sunday, said: “I think sometimes managers in football will tell you there are things that can completely change the outcome of your season.
“I think that gave us a lot of confidence and momentum as we came down from 0-3 to get back up to 3-3 against Tottenham.
“That was a great game from us, also with the quality of the goal at the end. So it was a big moment and a lift from where we were.
“It was like a win that night. Any team would tell you that if you were 3-0 down and came back. Arsenal did well against us at home last year and the truth is they haven’t looked back either.”
Lanzini had struggled for form after suffering a cruciate ligament injury on duty in Argentina in 2018 but he is now a key part of the West Ham side as they aim to finish in the top four again.
“He’s a different player. He plays differently after his cruciate ligament, it changed the way he played a little bit,” added Moyes.
“But he’s a little more mature now and is doing things better. He’s much more of an all-around footballer and his work output is very good. His football helped us and we needed him.
“He’s been with the team for three months now and has made a huge difference for us, he really has.”
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