Ten man Tottenham hold out to claim all three points

West Ham 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane bags a brace as Serge Aurier is shown a red card on Premier League debut

Going into the game Tottenham were looking to extend their excellent away form, whilst West Ham were looking to find some form following a 0-0 draw away to West Brom the previous time out.

Goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen proved to be the difference in the London derby as Spurs made the most of some poor defensive work from the Hammers, despite a late push for a point from the hosts' Spurs hung on to claim all three points. The in-form Tottenham and England striker opened the scoring in the 34th minute of the game, with his second coming just four minutes after. Putting Tottenham’s Wembley woes to one side.

His first came as a miss-placed pass from Andy Carroll was transformed into a dangerous Tottenham attack. A pinpoint through ball by Christian Eriksen was met by the forward-thinking Dele Alli down the right-hand flank. With his cross being netted home by a Harry Kane header into the far corner of the West Ham net.

Only four minutes later, the Hammers had collapsed as Tottenham were proving the vulnerability of the West Ham defence as their front three inter-linked once again.

A long goal-kick by Joe Hart was met by Belguim defender Jan Vertonghen, who turned defence into attack. A neat one-two with Eriksen, Vertonghen then slid the ball through the West Ham back line into the run of Dele Alli- once again. Alli’s shot was initially saved by the England number one. However, the ball fell kindly to the feet of an unmarked Kane- who slotted the ball home with his weak foot.

Surely leaving the West Ham fans and manager wondering why none of their defenders were even close to the Spurs striker.

The Irons only had two good chances on the Tottenham goal in the first half.

Their first attempt came through a long-range effort from Javier Hernandez who’s 25-yard shot was fired just over the woodwork.

And secondly when Marko Arnautivic seemed through on goal, having capitalised on the poor positioning of right-back back Serge Aurier- the Austrian beat Alderweireld for pace. With the winger looking set to put the hosts in-front in came a last-ditch sliding tackle from Aurier.
Much like Tottenham’s last away trip to Everton, after the break, Tottenham looked to secure the points after netting their third of the game.

In the 59th minute, Spurs were awarded a free-kick. On a hat-trick, Kane struck the dead ball against the far post. The ball came out to Aurier, whose cross from the right deflected into the path of Christian Eriksen who calmly stroked the ball home.

Shortly after, Kane wriggled away from Winston Reid. With the hat-trick on the cards Kane’s left-footed shot cannoned off the post for the second time in just a few minutes.

However, against the run of play Hernandez found space in the Tottenham box as Jose Font nodded a corner ball into the path of the Mexican whose finish wormed its way under Lloris.

With the margin narrowed, West Ham pushed for another. Hernandez soon after had another header saved by Tottenham and France captain Hugo Lloris.

In the 70th minute, Spurs were reduced to ten men. Serge Aurier’s poorly timed tackle was shown a second yellow as the Ivorian looked to reclaim the ball after he initially lost possession.

This provided the Irons with a new-found confidence as Hernandez then forced a strong save from Lloris.

West Ham looked to stretch the 10 man Spurs team in the 74th minute with the introduction of the pacey left-back Arthur Masuaku.

An 87th-minute thundering header from Cheikhou Kouyate gave the hosts a fighting chance to grab a point with only a few minutes remaining. The Senegalese midfielder latched onto the end of a cross from the sub-Masuaku.   

With the final whistle looming, there was some typical London derby scuffling between the West Ham players and Tottenham substitute Fernando Llorente. Despite the late action, Tottenham hung on to their one-goal advantage to seal the three points.    

This victory sent Tottenham into the top four, whilst keeping a struggling West Ham in the bottom three.

West Ham United: Hart, Fonte (Masuaku 74), Reid, Ogbonna, Zabaleta, Noble, Kouyate, Creswell, Antonio (Carroll 28), Hernandez, Arnautovic (Ayew 66)  

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Aurier (Red card 70), Sissoko (Trippier 78), Dier, Davies, Eriksen (Winks 73), Alli, Kane (Llorente 89)

Attendance: 56,988


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