Where does West Ham’s 3-3 comeback against Spurs rate in the all-time Premier League turnarounds?

Cheick Tiote after scoring for Newcastle v Arsenal in the famous 4-4 draw

The Premier League is often described as the best league in the world. Yes, the fantastic players, teams, coaches and eye-popping transfer fees and wages all contribute. However, if there is one thing England’s top-flight can provide it is a good old fashioned come back.

With the latest in a long line of turnarounds witnessed less than 24 hours ago, we leave it up to you to decide which of these 5 is best.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-3 West Ham

When Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son combine it typically ends in a goal. An unbelievable 4 goals for the South Korean against Southampton which saw Harry Kane turn creator. Then the duo tore apart Manchester United in the 6-1 thumping at Old Trafford.

Therefore, when a brace from Kane was preceded by a first-minute opener from Son to take Spurs 3-0 up, Jose Mourinho would have been sure 3 points were in the bag. However, it was not to be.

A Balbuena header, a Davison Sanchez own goal and finally a 95th minute wonder strike from Manuel Lanzini all in the space of 13 minutes cleaned away the Portuguese’s smirk. Leaving a furrowed brow and a host of questions.

Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool

The season of ‘nearly’ for Liverpool was cruelly finished by what many now know as ‘Crystanbul.’ Having witnessed the famous Gerrard slip against Chelsea the week prior, Liverpool needed to put the past behind them and take all 3 points against Crystal Palace.

Getting off to the best possible start, by the 55th minute, the Reds were 3-0 up thanks to goals from Joe Allen and the SAS combination of Sturridge and Suarez. Despite this, the title would be handed on a platter to Manchester City minutes later.

On the 79th minute, Damien Delaney’s deflected 25 yarded found the top-left corner. Then, 2 minutes later, Liverpool’s lead was halved. Dwight Gayle found alone in the box stabbed past Simon Mignolet for the second. Then, the stuff of nightmares for the Merseysiders, as Gayle was somehow found free again to finish and level the game up. Suarez left in tears as the a first Premier League title was ripped away.

Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal

Whilst not title defining, the comeback on Tyneside is certainly the biggest turnaround on the list. Arsenal took a 4-0 lead against Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United side.

Theo Walcott and Johan Djourou both scored inside 3 minutes to put the Gunners 2-0 up. Pre-match plans torn apart for the Magpies but things would get worse in the 10th as Robin van Persie was found with a low cross from Walcott to make it 3.  When the Dutchman made in 4 in the 26th minute, Newcastle fans could be seen in their plenty leaving for the exits. But those that did, will forever regret doing so.

5 minutes into the second half and Abou Diaby was given his marching orders for throwing Joey Barton to the ground by the back of his neck. Although a man down, Arsenal surely wouldn’t surrender their almighty lead, would they?

A Joey Barton penalty on 68 minutes gave the Magpies hope and 7 minutes later, Best, who had won the first penalty, slammed home a second to make it 4-2. A couple lingering Newcastle fans began making their way back to their seats with renewed hope in their minds.

Then, the softest of penalties was given as Koscielny and Williamson collided meeting a lofted ball in the Arsenal box. Barton smashed home again. And with minutes left on the clock, the impossible happened in breath-taking style. The late Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote found a looping ball fall to him outside the Arsenal box and he sent it, on the volley, swerving past Wojceich Szczesny. Pardew punching the air with delight with Arsene Wenger left utterly bemused.

Tottenham 3-5 Manchester United

Two inclusions on the same list, Spurs have not been very fortunate when in regards to Premier League comebacks. However, different to their downfall against West Ham, Spurs managed to squander all 3 points having been 3-0 up in 2001.

Goals from Dean Richards, Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege giving Tottenham a commanding lead. However, signs of a comeback came early on. Just a minute into the second period, Gary Neville’s cross found Andrew Cole’s head and suddenly the lead looked reachable.

David Beckham’s corner then found Laurent Blanc and with more than 30 minutes left to play a Spurs victory looked less likely than it did at 0-0. The apprehension around the ground would be justified as the mercurial Ruud van Nistelrooy’s header levelled things up. 3 crosses, 3 headers and 3 goals. No prizes for guessing what Spurs may have worked on defensively in training come Monday.

Goals from Veron and Beckham would expectantly give United all 3 points and leave Glenn Hoddle’s side licking their wounds.

West Brom 5-5 Manchester United

The only one on the list whereby the goals were not scored by the sides in succession. On Sir Alex Ferguson’s final day as manager of Manchester United, West Brom came from 3-0 and 5-2 down to somehow end the game with 5 goals themselves and share the points between the sides.

In a largely youthful line-up from Ferguson, United took their lead through Shinji Kagawa, a Jonas Olsson own goal and an Alex Buttner strike. But a late James Morrison goal at the end of the half gave the Baggies hope. A very young Romelu Lukaku was then brought on and made an immediate impact, slotting a right-footed shot past Lindegaard.

However, United soon restored their 3-goal buffer thanks to Robin van Persie’s 30th league goal of the season and a Javier Hernandez tap-in. Sitting pretty and doing the boss proud.

But with ~30 minutes left to play, it was far from done. Lukaku and Mulumbu made it 5-4 with 10 minutes left to play in their attempt to spoil the Fergie party. And the player who would go on to become Manchester United’s number 9 later in his career would be the man to do it.

In, what can only be described as an amusing finish, a ball into the box found its way to Lukaku who, whilst on the floor, tapped the ball home with his head. West Brom were laughing. Ferguson certainly wasn’t. The game ended 5-5. Utterly brilliant for a final day bout.

5 games. 5 comebacks. But which is best?

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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