It was six weeks into Harry Redknapp’s time as Tottenham manager and the club were still trying to recover from the poor “2 points from 8 games” start to the season. Early results under Redknapp had gone unexpectedly well considering the opponents that they had faced included Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. The previous weekend Tottenham had lost at home to Everton and were five places off the bottom of the League, level with three teams on 15 points. That weekend’s results had seen Spurs drop a place to 17th so a win at Upton Park was essential ahead of the next testing match at home to Manchester United and a busy holiday period.
Ledley King who led by example throughout his Tottenham career set up Spurs’ Monday evening win over West Ham United at Upton Park in December, 2008.
The match at Upton Park wasn’t a game to excite with many midfield battles but Spurs defence held firm, marshalled by their captain, Ledley King. With just over twenty minutes to play Tottenham took a deserved lead and it was that man King, who provided the goal. King had been forward for a free-kick and when Aaron Lennon delivered a cross into the area, King rose to head the ball down and it bounced over the diving arms of Rob Green, the West Ham goalkeeper.
West Ham set about getting an equaliser which caused Spurs to defend in depth. Organised and directed by the ever-calm King, Tottenham held out and in the final minute broke from defence for Jamie O’Hara to score with a thunderous shot which gave Green no chance.
The win was complete and Ledley King had been at the heart of the Tottenham success.
Who can provide the leadership and inspiration for a Tottenham win tonight?