West Ham United 1-0 Spurs:(Match report)
The floodlights of Upton Park beamed down on one last West Ham v Spurs London derby,at the soon to be demolished ground. However it was not to be a memorable occasion for the Lillywhites as we fell to a disappointing 1-0 loss at the hands of the hammers. The game was only seven minutes old when the deadlock was broken,as Payet’s artistry had struck us with great consequence. The Frenchman served up a fine ball in to the area from the resulting corner and the inform Michail Antonio punished us as unmarked winger planted a powerful header into the back of the net despite the best efforts of Lloris,1-0 West Ham. A little under ten minutes afterwards West Ham almost doubled their lead against us, as Mark Noble unleashed a powerful shot which was heading in to the top corner,but Lloris showcased his excellent reflexes with a very good save. The hammers had total control in the remainder of the first half and Antonio nearly doubled their lead. The former Nottingham Forest man received a perfect pass,however Wimmer blocked his effort expertly. Kouyate had the ball in the back of our net just before the halftime whistle,although it was thankfully judged offside,1-0 to West Ham at the interval.
Things couldn’t get any worse in the second half,considering we had zero goal attempts in the first 45. Pochettino had clearly changed the tactics at half time as we played with more energy and creativity,however Bilic had set West Ham up in a defensive format as chances became a rarity. We should have taken the lead on the hour mark,as Alderweireld hit a powerful low shot from some distance out,Adrian parried his effort to the feet of Kane who had the chance to fire into an open net. However Kane couldn’t get his feet sorted out in time and he didn’t make enough contact with the ball as his effort was blocked by the hammers defence. Shortly afterward we again caused problems for the east London side,Eriksen fired the ball towards the net from close range but the Dane was denied by a fine save from Adrian. The hammers almost sealed victory at the other end as Antonio fired the ball over from close range after a free kick was whipped in,Spurs were let of the hook in that instance. In the preceding minutes our energy and drive was missing,possibly the psychological effects that were brought with the game tonight,as a win would of sent us top,but it wasn’t to be as West Ham sealed a deserved victory.
The chemical balance didn’t seem to be present on the night with Alli missing but the lads were ultimately tired and it was one game to many in close succession. Although there was a silver lining on the night as Arsenal fell to a 2-1 loss to Swansea which keeps us three points clear of our rivals and only three points behind Leicester in top spot. We tend to bounce back well after a defeat and with ten league games remaining we are still a big contender for the title. The north London derby awaits us on Saturday in what will be the biggest match between the two in years, a win is imperative and Pochettino will no doubt address the lads and prepare them well for the upcoming battle.COYS⚽️
Spurs (4-2-3-1) – Lloris (c); Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer (Carroll 77), Davies; Dier, Mason; Lamela (Son 70), Eriksen, Chadli (Alli 60); Kane. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Rose, Walker, Onomah.