Harry Kane scored his first goal since December as Tottenham keep their Champions League hopes alive with a 2-0 win over West Ham United. West Ham is now placed just above the relegation zone. Here is our exclusive Tottenham vs West Ham Match Review.
Our Tottenham vs West Ham Match Review also includes the starting lineups of both teams.
Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Sissoko, Moura, Lo Celso, Alli, Son, Kane.
Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell, Noble, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Antonio, Fornals.
Summary: Tottenham vs West Ham Match Review
Though Tottenham won the match with a comfortable margin of 2-0, it was impossible to conclude that Tottenham still have so much more to offer as an attacking force. Jose Mourinho talked about all six attackers being available after long. The game was an even contest in the first half as West Ham kept a solid and strong defensive shape.
Mourinho’s men struggled in the attacking third throughout the match but clinched a lucky opening goal. Kane who had returned from a two and a half months of hamstring injury against Man United scored the decisive goal on Tuesday night(his 200th appearance for Spurs).
The visitors were playing better in the first half and created a good chance as Hugo Lloris blocked Antonio’s angled shot with his shins, before Eric Dier repelled Bowen’s follow-up. A few minutes later, Moura’s long ranger forced Fabianski to make a fingertip save. Followed by Moura’s attempt towards West Ham goal, Harry Kane launched a fierce shot and a wide header as Tottenham tried to get a foothold.
At the very end of the first half Son glided the ball inside the West Ham goal but his celebrations didn’t last long as the goal was ruled out by VAR as he was marked offside. In the stoppage time, Lucas Moura missed a great opportunity to go ahead at the break as he struck the ball woefully wide off the goal.
Tottenham started the 2nd half with a bit more urgency to score a goal. Tottenham scored their first goal when a corner was swung over in the 64th minute, when the ball appeared to brush the arm of Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez before bouncing off Soucek’s leg and spinning past helpless keeper Lukasz Fabianski.
“I’ve only just seen it, and I can’t believe they’ve ruled that as a goal. Any handball is disallowed? That’s the rule. Who is on VAR tonight? Not very good eh?”David Moyes at the end of the match on the first goal.
Pablo Fornals spurned the best chance of the night for West Ham chance, scuffing Bowen’s cut-back. Then Harry Kane sealed the match for Spurs with a cool and composed finish breaking on to Son Heung-min’s pass. The good news for Mourinho, however, is that any team will have a chance when they can call upon a finisher of Kane’s class.
With this win, Tottenham keeps the pressure on Manchester United and Wolves with 47 points from 31 matches. They are trying to secure top 4 as of now. Meanwhile, West Ham remain outside the bottom three, only on goal difference having suffered successive defeats since the season restart.
Tottenham: : Lloris (6), Aurier (6), Sanchez (6), Dier (7), Davies (6), Sissoko (7), Dele Alli (5), Lo Celso (8), Moura (6), Son Heung-Min (6), Kane (7).
Subs used: Lamela (7), Winks (n/a), Bergwijn (n/a).
West Ham: Fabianski (6), Fredericks (6), Balbuena (6), Diop (6), Cresswell (6), Soucek (6), Rice (7), Noble (6), Antonio(6), Bowen (8), Fornals (5)
Subs used: Anderson (5), Lanzini (5).
Man of the match: Giovani Lo Celso
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