West Ham put an unfortunate end to Spurs’ Premier League winning streak

There was a raucous atmosphere at The London Stadium as West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur kicked off at 2pm on Sunday. As the final whistle blew, it was Michail Antonio’s only goal of the game that earned the Hammers the bragging rights as well as all three points. The win saw the Irons climb to 4th place in the EPL.

Both sets of players knew that a victory would have taken either side into the coveted top four positions, and the intensity was there from the outset. Hugo Lloris impressed in the first 15 minutes of play as he batted away excellent chances fired at him from Kurt Zouma, Pablo Fornals, and alike.

As is common with Spurs, they took a little time to grow into the game but once they did, Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura were causing havoc of their own for Lukasz Fabianski and the West Ham defence.

The first goal could have come from either side

The first half really could have gone either way. Soucek missed a glaring header and Harry Kane forced a top draw save from Fabianski, who needed to be alert to bat away the excellent header from the Spurs main man.

As the teams came out after the final whistle, both sets of players enjoyed an exciting game with all the tenacity of the first half… despite the 0-0 scoreline. It wasn’t until the 71st minute when the deadlock was broken. Cresswell delivered a devastating cross into the box and an unmarked Michail Antonio made no mistake converting his opportunity. The top scorer in West Ham’s PL history struck again.

Kane was not himself again

Despite having little over 17 minutes to mount a comeback, Spurs did not register a shot on target after the only goal of the game was scored. Another quiet day at the office for Harry Kane meant that their lack of attacking threat in the final quarter of the game helped the Hammers over the line with a comfortable win.

Harry Kane, who was making his 250th appearance for the Lilywhites, has bagged 11 goals against West Ham in past matches. Usually one of his favourite teams to play, something just didn’t click for him this weekend.

A good performance from Spurs

Despite the scoreline, Spurs had the lion share, 62.3%, of possession, won more aerial duels and interceptions than their counterparts, and registered the same amount of shots on target.

Over and above all it was a good performance from the lads. West Ham are a tough team and London derbies can throw up all sorts of results. The individual performances in midfield were solid, and the defensive line held their own for the most part. That was West Ham’s 18th goal via a set-piece since the start of the last Premier League campaign. Although Antonio was left unmarked, Spurs were up against the set-piece specialists.

With the Round 9 games all drawing to a close, Tottenham Hotspur only sit 2 points off the top four positions. There is plenty to be optimistic about, especially since their next match is against the recently-pummelled Manchester United who seem to be hanging on to their top 7 spot by the skin of their teeth.

The Starting XI

GK

Lloris

DEF

Royal
Romero
Dier
Reguilon

MDF

Hojbjerg
Skipp
Moura
Ndombele
Son

FWD

Kane

The Manager’s Thoughts

After the match, the Tottenham Hotspur manager exclaimed that,

“We were the better team, honestly. I think we controlled the game, we had chances. We had possession. West Ham are a good team but they only created chances on counter-attacks and set-pieces. We played better, but this is football… The last pass was there but we need to be more aggressive in our offensive game. We controlled the game. The whole game was under control.”

What’s next for Spurs?

Tottenham will travel to Burley on Wednesday for a midweek cup clash before welcoming Manchester United to North London on Sunday. Fresh off a 5-0 beating from Liverpool, Nuno’s men will be looking to capitalise on Man Utd’s bad form and claim all three points for themselves.