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Dier steals Spurs win on debut

Debutant Eric Dier's stoppage-time goal gave Tottenham a 1-0 win at West Ham after both sides were reduced to 10 men in Saturday's Premier League opener.

Spurs right-back Kyle Naughton received his marching orders just before the half-hour mark, when referee Chris Foy adjudged him to have deliberately handballed at close range from Kevin Nolan's shot on the turn.

However, Mark Noble missed the resulting spot-kick, sending a low effort wide of Hugo Lloris' right-hand post.

In the second half, Hammers centre-back James Collins was shown a second yellow card and then a red by Foy after blocking the run of Emmanuel Adebayor through the centre of the pitch.

World Cup star Enner Valencia came off the bench for the final 10 minutes for West Ham, after Sam Allardyce's starting strike partnership of Carlton Cole and Ricardo Vaz Te had proved ineffective.

In the closing stages, Nolan cleverly played in Stewart Downing but Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was quickly off his goal-line to make a crucial save.

Then, in the third minute of stoppage time, debutant Eric Dier burst through the Hammers defence onto Harry Kane's through-ball, rounded Adrian and slid home the winner to give Mauricio Pochettino three points in his first competitive game in charge of Tottenham.

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