The Son was Shining in North London as Tottenham beat West Ham 3-1

Tottenham Hotspur fans all over the country will be delighted with the performance that Conte’s men registered against West Ham on Super Sunday. It was a critical game for both sides in the hunt for a top-four finish. The stars in the team had to step up and by gosh they did. Harry Kane registered three assists. Heung-Min Son scored a brace. Dejan Kulusevski, Rodrigo Bentancur, and Matt Doherty all registered fantastic performances.

The race for 4th

Why was this game so important? Well, obviously this is a London rivalry, and Spurs fans will relish the bragging rights over the next few weeks or so. But most of all, that all-important hunt for 4th was as tight as possible going into the game. Both the Hammers and Spurs were on 48 points on Sunday.

Spurs are now 5th in the league and are three points behind their North London rivals, Arsenal. Whilst the Gunners do have a game in hand, Tottenham are still to “welcome” them to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in what may possibly be the biggest game of the year for both sides. Those dates are yet to be re-arranged from when Arsenal called the game off due to a single Covid case back in January.

The postponement has probably worked in Tottenham’s favour. Antonio Conte is seeming to get the most out of his players at the moment and the team registered back-to-back wins for the first time in 2022. Everyone knows how deadly a threat Tottenham can be when Son and Kane are on fire and by gosh they are on fire at the moment. Ever since his majestic performance against Man City, Harry Kane has been splitting open defences on a whim. The England captain has scored or assisted a goal in the last 6 out of 7 EPL matches.

But what else do Tottenham have in their corner in the hunt for 4th? Well, looking at their fixture list for April, Spurs have an “easier” run than their North London counterparts. Aside from the derby, Tottenham will not play any team who are currently higher than 9th in the Premier League. Arsenal are mostly away and must face Chelsea and Man Utd. The battle is truly on.

Spurs sailed past West Ham from the start

The atmosphere was palpable in front of the sell-out crowd and Spurs rewarded their feisty fans with a goal within the first ten minutes! Well, Kurt Zouma rewarded them more specifically as he accidentally turned a Harry Kane cross into his own net. It was a lovely passage of play that almost certainly would have been converted by Son if Zouma hadn’t stepped in and finished the job for him.

Conte’s men were dogged in their pursuit of a second. They frustrated West Ham and wouldn’t let them play. Their tenacity was almost rewarded instantly after the opening goal as Son crashed an effort off the post. It was a lovely run and lay-off from Dejan Kulusevski who broke away from two West Ham midfielders with ease.

Everyone watching could see that Son was hungry to get on the scoresheet and it didn’t take long for him to double the lead. There were two incredible elements to this goal. The first was the sublime pass that Harry Kane delivered to Son. Truly special. Son then took a single touch and buried the ball in the top left-hand corner.

Conte would have been wary about West Ham’s goal-scoring prowess from set-pieces going into the match. They added another goal from a corner to their season tally before halftime. Craig Dawson towered to win a flick-on from a Hammers corner, which landed at the feet of Said Benhrama who finished from close range.

The in-form Harry Kane did miss a sitter after Pierre-Emile Højbjerg found him 1-1 with the keeper after a delightful dink pass. Kane even had Son to his side who could have easily squared the ball into an open net but instead, the England International tried to curl the ball over the keeper with the outside of his right boot. He could not keep the ball down.

The final goal came after Harry Kane beautifully flicked on a goal kick with his head to split the tired Hammers defence once more. Son latched on to the ball with acres of space and made no mistake in drilling it hard and low behind the West Ham keeper.

Come on you Spurs.

The starting Spurs XI

H Lloris
C Romero
E Dier
B Davies
M Doherty
R Bentancur
P Højbjerg
S Reguilon
D Kulusevski
H Kane
H Son

The manager’s thoughts

After the game, Antonio Conte claimed that

‘In five months we have done a fantastic job with these players and we have reduced the gap with many teams in England.

“Now in our dressing room there is only one target in our mind. I want this to happen because it is right, if you want to improve the mentality it is right to start under pressure.

“For this reason I want to make this target, the race for fourth place. We know the difficulty to reach this target. Tottenham needs to have the ambition to play the best competition.”

What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?

After the international break, Tottenham will face Newcastle United at home on the 3rd April. Spurs will then travel to Aston Villa away on the 9th before hosting Brighton at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on the 16th of April.