Team: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton (Holtby), Dembele, Paulinho; Townsend, Eriksen (Soldado), Sigurdsson (Lamela), Defoe. Subs: Friedel, Chiriches, Chadli, Sandro
In a lethargic display Tottenham conceded three second half goals in twelve minutes against a well-organised West Ham team at White Hart Lane who showed commitment and endeavour throughout.
Tottenham Hotspur 0 West Ham United 3
Frustrating 1st Half
It was a disappointing and frustrating first half for Spurs who were unable to get any fluency in their play against a well-organised West Ham team who sat deep and kept their defence very compact to deny Spurs the space to play through the middle. It was only when Spurs got the ball to Andros Townsend on the right that they threatened but his crosses into the middle were cleared or there was no one in a goalscoring position. Their best chance came from a cross to Paulinho midway through the half but his shot went wide. West Ham were quick to close Spurs down and got to the ball quickly to break at pace and their best chances came from an early header by Nolan which went wide and a cleverly worked free-kick which Nolan put beyond the far post just before the interval. Spurs had dominated possession (58%) but had rarely threatened the visitors’ goal during the opening half.
Tottenham had made just one change from the team which drew with Chelsea, Jermain Defoe replacing Roberto Soldado. there had been a late doubt over Kyle Walker who had gone off during the pre-match warm-up session but he started although he wasn’t as involved in Spurs wing play as would normally be the case.
Nightmare 2nd Half
Spurs opened brightly after the interval with an early chance when Paulinho played in Defoe but the goalkeeper dived low to block the shot at the striker’s feet. It was a more purposeful opening and Defoe had a shot saved by the goalkeeper. West Ham continued to work hard and had a chance when Spurs conceded an unnecessary corner, Hugo Lloris saving from the header.
The early impetus from Tottenham soon faded and from another corner after 65 minutes, Reid scored at the second attempt, fortunate that the officials missed his push on Jan Vertonghen. It was the visitors’ first away goal of the season. Spurs had the majority of possession but west ham were happy to let them pass the ball around the halfway line and then break quickly. They did this twice in six minutes and scored two goals.
After 71 minutes, Vaz Te got behind the defence and into the area. Lloris blocked his first attempt but the ball bounced back off the West Ham player and into the net. On 77 minutes, Morrison picked up the ball in his own half and ran towards goal and lifted the ball over Lloris to secure the victory.
Spurs were in disarray and had little impact as West Ham played out the rest of the game for their first win at White Hart Lane since 1989. West Ham deserved the points and Spurs will reflect on a lethargic performance against a team who were committed throughout and deserved their first away goals and win of the season.