Tottenham lost to West Ham United for the third time this season, as the Hammers completed a 2-0 victory at Upton Park, with goals from Kane (OG) and Downing.
The first half began rather poorly for the North Londoners. Despite an early Harry Kane chance in which the striker managed to block a clearance from Adrian, the game looked to be a real struggle from the offing. Spurs did have a massive chance in which Kane held the ball up on the wing, playing in Sigurdsson, who’s eventual cross ended with Eriksen but his ball to Adebayor was wasted with a weak shot.
West Ham had their own chances at the beginning. A training ground routine of a freekick almost hit the back of the net, with Carroll’s eventual shot trickling wide after a deflection. West Ham continued to play the long ball, with so many corners and crosses it was countless. Kane almost got the better of Adrian again moments later, with the striker stepping on the toes of the keeper.
But the player of the half came shining through for Tottenham. Michael Dawson played a lack-lustre pass back to his goalkeeper, in which the Frenchman came thundering through to intervene, with Carroll not far behind. The former Lyon man shone once more, moments later. Despite an offside flag, he came stretching off his line to push away a chance, bringing his captain down with him.
But then, the game turned. Younes Kaboul collected his fourth red card for the club, after bringing down Carroll, moments after Rose failed to position himself well to counter the attack of the Hammers. Despite a magnificent stop from Lloris to prevent the resultant freekick, the home side scored moments later, as Harry Kane pushed the ball into his own net, from a Carroll header. It was 1-0.
The second goal, was not far behind. West Ham were awarded a freekick outside the Spurs area and Stewart Downing stepped up to smash it home, even though Adebayor and Paulinho left the gap in the wall. A handful of Hugo Lloris saves managed to keep it 2-0 at the interval.
The second half was much of a muchness for Spurs. Hugo Lloris performed tremendously to keep them in it, with several stops including one to prevent a Diame over-head kick, the pick of the bunch. Roberto Soldado took part in a brief skirmish with Kevin Nolan involving a push to the throat. He was booked for the incident. Despite several attempts late on, from Rose and Lennon, Spurs couldn’t find that goal, even with penalty claims and obvious fouls waved away. The game finished 2-0, and fifth place slipped from our grasp.
Lloris – Tremendous. Too good for Tottenham (Excellent) MOTM.
Naughton – Actually put several good tackles in. Liked him today. (Good)
Kaboul – Idiotic. Utterly shambolic. Fool. (N/A)
Chiriches (SUB) – Did very well to fill the void. (Good)
Dawson – Bit all over the place. Not his best game (Average)
Rose – Nightmare. Appalling. (Poor)
Paulinho – Awful. Move to Chelsea on the cards? Face, bothered? (Poor)
Sigurdsson – Didn’t take the chance given to him. (Poor)
Lennon – Not bad Aaron, not bad. (Good)
Eriksen – Plugged away but couldn’t make the breakthrough (Good)
Kane – Worked hard, unfortunate own goal. (N/A)
Adebayor – Did not give one toss (Poor)