Heung-min Son scored two goals on his 150th appearance for Spurs as they defeated West Ham at the London Stadium for the second time in 11 days. The win puts Spurs into the Carabao Cup quarter-final, where they have been drawn away against rivals Arsenal.
After playing Man City just two days earlier, Mauricio Pochettino named a much changed Spurs team with Davinson Sanchez the only player remaining from the game on Monday. There were also first starts of the season for Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth and Fernando Llorente. West Ham on the other hand named a strong starting eleven, which included record signing Felipe Anderson.
Despite that it was Spurs who opened the scoring after fifteen minutes. Christian Eriksen’s through ball was cut out by West Ham centre back Angelo Ogbonna, straight into the path of Fernando Llorente. The Spanish striker passed to Dele Alli, who then flicked the ball through to Heung-min Son. The South Korean captain showed no sign that he had not scored in his last twenty appearances for Spurs and emphatically finished to put them ahead at the London Stadium.
Michail Antonio went close for the hammers soon after, with his shot from the edge of the area deflecting off Kyle Walker-Peters and narrowly going wide. The West Ham man then had another chance to equalise but was thwarted by Juan Foyth, who put in an incredible performance in his first start of the season.
Muy feliz por el pase de ronda! A seguir adelante
We are into the next round, very happy! Looking forward ⚽️💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/SYUPGzWUDq
— Juan Foyth (@JuanMFoyth) October 31, 2018
Son and Foyth both Impress for Spurs
Spurs’ second goal of the game came seven minutes after half time. Dele Alli was again instrumental in the move in his first start for Spurs since the last round of the Carabao Cup against Watford. His pass was misjudged by West Ham left back Arthur Masuaku and allowed Son to run through one-on-one with goalkeeper Adrian. Whereas the Spurs man showed his finishing skills in the first goal, with his second he demonstrated immense composure. Son had more than enough time to decide what to do but did not panic and rounded Adrian before calmly slotting into the net to double the lead for Spurs.
Manuel Pellegrini reacted to that goal by bringing on Marco Arnautovic and Lucas Perez, both of whom joined fellow substitute Robert Snodgrass on the pitch after the Scot was brought on at half time. Paulo Gazzaniga was called into action soon after to deny Ogbonna. The former Juventus centre back’s shot looked like it was going into the corner until the Spurs keeper got low down to his right and turned the ball wide.
Then Foyth was on hand to keep Spurs’ lead at 2-0 with a tackle reminiscent of Ledley King. Arnautovic was put through by Ryan Fredericks and looked certain to take a strike at Gazzaniga. But before he could Foyth came across, seemingly out of nowhere, to make a last ditch block. The reaction from Gazzaniga and Sanchez afterwards showed how important it was, with both immediately congratulating Foyth for keeping the West Ham talisman at bay.
Yet Foyth would not be able to keep a clean sheet as part of the Spurs defence as Lucas Perez pulled West Ham back in the game with a goal after seventy minutes. Pochettino would not have been happy with the manner in which the goal was conceded as Perez was left free at the back post for a simple header from Robert Snodgrass’ corner.
However Spurs responded in the best possible way just a few minutes later with a corner of their own. Christian Eriksen’s ball in was met by Fernando Llorente, in the side for the rested Harry Kane, who superbly hooked home to seal the win for Spurs.
— Fernando Llorente (@llorentefer19) October 31, 2018
The result and the performance were hugely impressive from Spurs, given the quick turnover between their last match and the strength of their opponents. Davinson Sanchez showed no signs that he had played two games in three days whereas Foyth and Gazzaniga were standout performers in rare appearances for the team.
Carabao Cup Quarter-Final Draw
The draw for the next round of the Carabao Cup was made soon after the games on Wednesday. Spurs will travel to the Emirates to face arch rivals Arsenal at the quarter-final stage in what will undoubtedly be a fiery encounter.
West Ham v Spurs Carabao Cup Lineups
What the Managers Said
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino:
“I am very happy, very proud. I think that in 48 hours to play two games so competitively against Manchester City and West Ham on Monday and then today, I have to be proud. The effort was fantastic, the performance was very good, I am so happy. Always we try to play better our to increase our level but I think in this circumstance I think we need to be happy that we are in the next stage and it will be an exciting game against Arsenal in the middle of December.”
“Some of the players levels are completely different. Some played with their national teams recently, but wasn’t too much playing with us. Others have come back from injuries so they are all at different levels. Today was difficult but of course I feel so proud because they are working so hard, waiting for their opportunities.”
“For me, the surprise was Davinson Sanchez, he was a beast playing two games in less than 48 hours. He has done very well, he is very strong physically and mentally. Today he was fantastic on the pitch, to praise him isn’t enough, the effort was fantastic.”
West manager Manuel Pellegrini:
“We dominated the game but in that moment Tottenham scored the first goal. After that we continued fighting but we made another mistake for the second goal.”
“I think we made too many mistakes to win this game but at least we continued trying to play in the same way. Maybe they made 10 changes but if you see the names they played – they are names and have qualities for their starting team.” (football.london)
West Ham v Spurs Carabao Cup – Man of the Match
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 1, 2018
Although he scored twice for Spurs, Heung-min Son is not our pick for man of the match. Instead we have chosen Juan Foyth because of his heroics in defence.
The Argentine defender, making his first appearance of the season, was up against dangerous strikers Javier Hernandez and Marco Arnautovic but prevented both from scoring. He also made three goal saving tackles in a quite remarkable display of defending, which must have left Michail Antonio wondering what he had to do to score. Given that Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez are the only fit centre backs currently for Spurs, Foyth demonstrated that he is more than capable back up should he be needed.
What’s Next for Spurs?
Spurs return to Premier League action at the weekend when they play Wolves at Molineux in a rare Saturday night fixture. After that Spurs face PSV Eindhoven at Wembley in the Champions League group stage on 6th November before heading to Selhurst Park to play Crystal Palace on 10th November.
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