West Ham 0-1 Spurs Report
Erik Lamela scored the only goal of the game as Spurs ended up victors in a hard fought derby win over West Ham at the London Stadium. The victory was very much down to an outstanding performance from Hugo Lloris, with the French captain making a number of key saves during the course of the match.
Spurs started the game brightly and had a good chance to open the scoring with Moussa Sissoko. In the team ahead of Heung-min Son, Sissoko did well to get past his man and burst through the middle of the park before laying off to Harry Winks. Winks then shifted play wide to Lucas Moura who fired a ball back across to the Frenchman. His shot took a deflection off Declan Rice and went just over the bar, denying Sissoko his first Spurs goal in over a year.
The first half rather died down from there and it was West Ham who had the next chance of the game less than ten minutes before halftime. After a flowing move down the left, Ukrainian international Andriy Yarmolenko teed up Robert Snodgrass whose shot was heroically blocked by Toby Alderweireld. Soon after Yarmolenko went off with a nasty looking injury, with reports today suggesting he could be out for 6 months with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
With the half petering out, Spurs opened the deadlock with just a minute before the break. After great work down the right, Kieran Trippier sent Sissoko away. Instead of crossing, the Spurs man cut back onto his left, gaining the advantage from Felipe Anderson and put a measured ball in the box. Erik Lamela had perfectly timed his run into the area and guided his header past the helpless Lukasz Fabianski.
Lamela was making his first Premier League start of the season and notched up his 5th goal of the season, one more than he achieved in the entirety of the previous campaign.
Spurs were not done there with the first half though and were only denied a second goal thanks to Fabianski. Lamela’s shot was parried by the West Ham goalkeeper straight into the path of Davinson Sanchez. His shot was, however, again saved by Fabianksi to deny him a goal on his 50th appearance for Spurs.
Gran victoria! 🙌🏾 Muy feliz por mis primeros 5️⃣0️⃣ partidos con el club! Por muchos más!
— DAVINSON (@daosanchez26) October 20, 2018
Lloris puts in Man of the Match performance
The second half was all about the game within a game between Marco Arnautovic and Hugo Lloris. No matter what the West Ham striker did, Lloris was always up to the task. The first chance for the Austrian came after a cross from Aaron Cresswell, who was in the side ahead of Arthur Masuaku. Arnautovic’s looping header looked to be going in but Lloris scrambled across his goal to acrobatically tip his effort over the bar.
The next chance for the West Ham man came after 60 minutes. His shot was fizzed in from outside the area through a number of bodies but Lloris was matched to it again and got down low to his left to put the ball out for a corner.
West Ham were not done there and with 10 minutes to go Javier Hernandez had a goal ruled out for offside. Although the correct decision, it showed that Spurs would have to work extremely hard to keep a clean sheet as West Ham tails were up.
Four minutes stoppage time was enough for West Ham to create one more big chance. Declan Rice spearheaded the move before Hernandez played in Arnautovic to put him through on goal. One-on-one with goalkeeper Lloris, the West Ham striker was favourite to get the equaliser for his team. However Lloris was once again able to thwart him by making an excellent reflex save before Toby Alderweireld turned the ball behind.
That was the last major action of the match and the look on Mauricio Pochettino’s face as his shook hands with counterpart Manuel Pellegrini suggested that he thought his side more than rode their luck.
7️⃣ wins from 9️⃣
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 21, 2018
In truth West Ham can be disappointed to not have earned a draw but Spurs are showing a slightly different side to them in that they are winning games without playing at their best. Mauricio Pochettino will be ecstatic that his team are now winning games that are potential banana skins, however the only downside is that Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea have also started the season brightly.
Nevertheless, the win was Spurs’ 4th in a row in the Premier League and they have now kept a clean sheet in their last 3 domestic games.
West Ham v Spurs Lineups
West Ham v Spurs Attendance
The London Stadium: 56,921
West Ham v Spurs Man of the Match
Unsurprisingly Hugo Lloris was man of the match. After a shaky start to the season, including a big mistake against Barcelona at Wembley, there were a few questions being asked of the World Cup winning captain. This was especially the case after Paulo Gazzaniga did himself no harm when he came into the Spurs side because of injuries to Lloris and Vorm. However the Spurs skipper proved his worth by making a string of brilliant saves. Spurs would not have picked up all three points were it not for him.
What the Managers Said
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino
“It was a very tough derby, I’m very happy for our fans. I’m so pleased for our players, it was a fantastic performance, a competitive game and important to start a busy period with a victory away from home in another London derby.”
“In the second half they were pushing us, it was a difficult game, we suffered a little but it’s always so important to keep fighting, maybe not playing at our best, but fighting to try to win. All derbies are so emotional, not only do you play with your heart but you must always play with your head as well and to sometimes be calm in order to make your decisions on the pitch. I am so pleased because we are in a very good position in the table and that is what pleased me the most for our fans, the players, everyone.” (Tottenham Hotspur Official)
West Ham Manager Manuel Pellegrini
“We are improving in a lot of things and now we need to improve in being calm, finishing with accurate passes and our movement. If we create four or five chances at the moment we cannot score, we need to create eight or nine.
“We are always talking with Marko and we are always asking him and he can play. All the players have moments when they score more goals and they don’t, and Marko will return [to that form]. With Andy Carroll we have at least two or three weeks more and I think he will be back maybe after the next international break.” (West Ham United Official)
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 20, 2018
West Ham v Spurs Stats
- Possession: West Ham 44%, Spurs 56%
- Shots: West Ham 13, Spurs 10
- Shots on target: West Ham 4, Spurs 2
- Corners: West Ham 10, Spurs 6
- Spurs have now won 7 of their opening 9 Premier League games.
- This is the first time that Spurs have won 5 consecutive London derbies in the top division for the first time since 1961.
- Erik Lamela has 7 goals and 3 assists in his past 9 Spurs games.
- After 9 games last season, Spurs were third in the table with 20 points. Despite having a point more at the same stage this season, Spurs are currently 4th in the Premier League.
What’s next for Spurs?
Next up for Spurs is a trip to the Netherlands to face PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League. If Spurs want to qualify for the knockout rounds then it is a must win game for them. After that Spurs host Premier League holders Manchester City at Wembley on Monday 29th October.
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