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Green saves spot kick to secure draw against Tottenham

AP , LONDON

Tottenham had an injury-time penalty kick saved in a 1-1 draw on Sunday at West Ham in the Premier League.

West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green dived to his left to save the shot from Jermain Defoe, who had earned the penalty after being brought down by Lucas Neill.

"It would have been harsh if we had been done in the last minute like that," West Ham manager Alan Curbishley said.

The save denied Tottenham their first away win of the season, but the club is still unbeaten in four games under manager Juande Ramos.

Spurs had equalized in the 67th minute when Michael Dawson headed a free kick from Jermaine Jenas over the approaching Green to score.

"Green said sorry for the first goal because when you come for the ball you've got to come and get it, but what he did at the end of the game made up for it," Curbishley said.

Carlton Cole had put West Ham in the lead in the 20th. Luis Boa Morte started the move, crossing to Nolberto Solano, who then passed for Cole to score.

Tottenham striker Robbie Keane claimed he should have been awarded a penalty kick in the 41st when he was tripped by the legs of Green when trying to run around him. Referee Mike Riley waved play on.

"My opinion is different to the referee, but he blew the whistle," Ramos said. "It would have been a decision which would have changed the game."

Tottenham started 'keeper Paul Robinson, who was dropped from the England squad for their disappointing 3-2 loss to Croatia last Wednesday.

Robinson made a standout save from Boa Morte in the 26th minute and also saved a shot from Scott Parker in the 80th.

Jenas cleared a header from George McCartney off the line in the 88th minute.

In the other game on Sunday, it was: Blackburn 2, Fulham 2.

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