Half-Time Report: West Ham United goalless against Tottenham Hotspur

The Premier League clash between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur is currently goalless at half time, with Mark Noble missing a penalty at Upton Park.

The Premier League clash between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur is currently goalless at half time.

The home side set out to give their opponents little space in the opening stages of the game, and nearly caught out goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the first few minutes when Carlton Cole pressed down on goal.

Mauricio Pochettino the Spurs manager directs his players during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Boleyn Ground on August 16, 2014© Getty Images

In the ninth minute, a curling Christian Eriksen shot fell straight to Adrian, who gathered comfortably.

The midway stages of the first half proved largely uneventful, with the away side enjoying the lion's share of possession.

On the half-hour mark, however, there was drama as Kyle Naughton was adjudged to have deliberately blocked the ball with his hand in the Spurs box.

Kyle Naughton of Spurs reacts after receiving a red card for handball as Younes Kaboul of Spurs remenstrates with referee Chris Foy during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Boleyn Ground on August 16, 2014© Getty Images

The 25-year-old was sent off, and Mark Noble stepped up to take the resulting penalty, but his effort from 12 yards flew wide.

Nevertheless, West Ham were able regain their composure and created another chance as Ricardo Vaz Te fired just wide following a dangerous cross.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino of Southampton on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Norwich City at St Mary's Stadium on March 15, 2014
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