By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Aaron Cresswell blew the title race back open with a fabulous strike for West Ham against Leicester – and Tottenham fans hailed him on Twitter as a hero.
Spurs’ big London rivals ended Leicester’s five-match winning run with a controversial 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
Jamie Vardy had put Claudio Ranieri’s side 1-0 ahead with his 22nd Premier League goal of the season but he was then sent off in the 56th minute after collecting two yellow cards.
An Andy Carroll penalty and a stunning Cresswell half-volleyed finish put West Ham 2-1 up with four minutes remaining but Leonardo Ulloa’s nerveless stoppage-time penalty salvaged a point for 10-man Leicester.
Tottenham have a bitter rivarly with West Ham but supporters of the north Londoners unashamedly celebrated Cresswell’s goal for giving them a fresh glimmer of hope in the title race.
Sign Cresswell immediately @SpursOfficial
— Spencer Sharpe (@SpencuhIsABeast) April 17, 2016
I can’t believe I’m cheering for West Ham. All for the greater glory of Spurs. What a goal by Cresswell though!! #COYS
— Sherico Dela Cruz (@Mithfalath_) April 17, 2016
— Jo Boronte (@JoBoronte) April 17, 2016
Aaron cresswell is the greatest player ever #COYS
— Alex Sherron (@Alexsherron) April 17, 2016
— Chris Hescott (@cjheskiboy) April 17, 2016
Shameful celebration of that Cresswell goal COYS
— James Malham (@jmalham1) April 17, 2016
Leicester clawed back what could end up being a crucial point in the title race with what was the last kick of the game from Ulloa.
But second-placed Spurs, who started the weekend seven points adrift of the leaders, will narrow the gap to five points if they win at Stoke on Monday night.
In other Tottenham news, Mauricio Pochettino has explained why axing an impressive player was an “easy” decision.