Match Report: Spurs vs West Ham
Two fantastic long-distance goals from Heung-Min Son and Pedro Obiang meant that the London fixture between the Spurs and the Hammers finished 1-1 at Wembley Stadium. Pochettino’s Spurs were very much in control throughout the majority of the match and took 70.7% of the overall possession. However, the Spurs frontmen lacked precision in the final third. They had 31 shots overall and only 8 on target.
The point was a welcomed one in the Hammers’ camp, Moyes’s men moved up to 15th and increased their unbeaten run at Wembley to nine matches. Straight from the outset the West Ham goal was under siege with Kane and Dier having chances blocked early on. The Hammers had a moment of worry as Kane’s deflected shot found its way into the back of the net; the goal was rightly disallowed as the linesman raised his offside flag. It took up until 28 minutes for anybody to have a shot on target; Kane gave Adrian his first test between the posts but was denied by the Spanish keeper. Eriksen’s deflected shot just before halftime was similarly parried behind to safety.
It wasn’t until the 70th minute that the Hammers were rewarded with a goal after their determined efforts to keep the Lilywhites at bay. Obiang’s long-distance pile driver had Hugo Lloris beaten between the sticks. In spectacular fashion, Son saved the day for Spurs returning the favour with a similarly impressive 25-yard curler into the top right-hand corner. The Hammers would have walked away content with the efforts of their dogged defending; a frustrated Spurs team will have no doubt be disappointed with the final result.
Spurs vs West Ham Attendance
Wembley Stadium: 50,034
Starting Line-ups: Spurs v West Ham
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Sissoko, Dier, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane
West Ham: Adrián, Reid, Ogbonna, Rice, Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Obiang, Masuaku, Lanzini, Hernandez
“We gave everything to win. We dominated the game. Yes, sometimes things like this happen in football. You push, force and have chances to score, but it’s impossible to score. I’m happy with the effort and performance.”
Man of the Match
Pedro Obiang made man of the match with that impressive strike from distance. The Hammers gave a fantastic defensive performance to keep Tottenham Hotspur off the score sheet, and it was Obiang’s 30-yard stunner that almost gave the Hammers the advantage over Spurs.
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?
Spurs will host Wimbledon in the FA Cup next, before playing Everton next in the Premier League.