West Ham, the first visiting team to win at the Emirates, become the first to win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Thoroughly deserved, too. Issa Diop is Alan Smith’s man of the match but it could have been Fredericsk, Balbuena, Noble, Snodgrass, Antonio or Felipe Anderson. My word they are flaky. Against Everton West Ham looked spineless. Today they were magnificent.
Foyth keeps going and going up the right and chips a cross beyond the far post. Janssen stretches to get there and directs his header inside the near post but Balbuena hacks it clear. And that is that.
Tottenham have four added minutes to preserve their unbeaten record at their new home. West ham so far have done well to pen them in their own half. A long ball up by Spurs is headed on by Llorente. Son can[t get there but the clearance arrives awkwardly at Janssen who scuds his volley at Fabianski.
Great defending by Sanchez who keeps pace with Antonio having been nutmegged by the West Ham forward. He turns quickly and sprints back to strong-arm him off the ball before he pulled the trigger.
At last a photograph of Antonio’s goal:
And Spurs make a decent chance to equalise when Llorente dribbles in from the left and squares a pass through the six-yard box inches ahead of Janssen and Son.
Fredericks is booked for timewasting for dawdling at a throw-in. Diop intercepts a Sanchez pass 30 yards inside his own half and proceeds on an Alan Hansen gallop up the field, No one can catch him as he tacks left then right and approaches the box. When he gets there he shoots, almost apologetically, and it is quite tame though precise and Lloris fingertips it round the post.
Tottenham substitution: Alli departs, Wanyama replaces him. West Ham take Noble off and send on Ogbonna.
The crowd yells at Eriksen to shoot from 25 yards but plays it down the left instead. Dele Alli moves it on to Davies whose long cross does not dip in time for Llorente who would have required a giraffe’s neck to meet it.
One corner begets another when Sanchez knocks the first behind. The second is defended at the near post and eventually hustled up field.
Spurs, committing eight forward in pursuit of the equaliser, are caught by a ball over the top for Antonio to chase. He hares towards the box and lets fly with a belting shot that Lloris slaps over. Corner.
Arnautovic twanged his hamstring when digging out that shot from under his feet and has to go off. Lucas Perez replaces him.
Antonio, Felipe Anderson and Arnautovic play neat triangles up the right, reinforced by Obiang and Fredericks. They take their time and pick the moment, Felipe Anderson crossing long beyond the back post for Noble who tees up Arnautovic who drags Sanchez to the left, spins and curls a shot towards the bottom right corner. Lloris dives and catches it.
Erikse whips a right-foot inswinger to the near post and Fredericks heads it off the line.
West Ham substitution: Snodgrass departs after a fine contribution, Pedro Obiang comes on. Tottenham change: Vincent Janssen replaces Danny Rose and immediately earns a corner with a cross that is blocked.
Excellent covering tackle from Fredericks, covering behind his centre-backs, to thwart Alli. A minute earlier Llorente had got in behind the defence but was offside by half a yard. .
No goal photos yet but here’s Antonio’s celebration. Smelling salts to the ready for those who need them.
Tottenham won’t change their approach but West Ham will use Rice and Noble from deeper positions. Antonio’s running in from the right and Arnautovic’s switching with him have created all sorts of problems this half for Tottenham.
They’ve deserved it and it’s a fantastic goal. Arnautovic, who has woken up this half, scoops a cross in from the right to the near post. Antonio takes it on the chest then thumps a shot in the tightest of spaces over Lloris and into the roof of the net from an angle more acute than 45 degrees. Antonio celebrates with a lewd dance that would have been even more bawdy had he been wearing a codpiece.
Fredericks blindsides Alli, who was running forward nonchalantly thinking he was not being stalked, and wins the ball in the centre-circle. West Ham free Masuaku on the overlap down the left and he whips in a vicious cross that Arnautovic cannot reach.
Very end-to-end this half. West Ham have had three attempts on target, more than any visiting team in the short life of this new stadium.
West Ham break after a Spurs free-kick cannons into the wall, Diop taking it in the face. Felipe Anderson skates forward, supporting Antonio who brings the ball forward in a penetrative direct thrust. His shot is blocked and then Felipe Anderson, judiciously placed, smacks the rebound into a defender and out for a corner, which they waste.
Barnstorming run through the middle from Davies. He makes 20 yards to the D, with a hippy hippy shake then lays it off to his left. Lucas Moura passes it to the other side of the box to Son who tries to bring it back on to his left and falls over under Diop’s challenge, looking for a penalty that would have been scandalous. They do test the referee’s patience.
West Ham are playing well but in danger of being picked off on the break. Twice in the past two minutes promising moves have broken down and Son and Alli have raided forward. They have managed to squeeze them out of space do far but they have to keep concentrating.
Sanchez shoves Felipe Anderson over as he was covering behind Foyth. Free-kick on the left, about 35 yards from goal. Snodgrass curls it in menacingly but West Ham are penalised for a push before they can take advantage of it.
Arnautovic cuts in from the right, again with a velvety touch to cushion the pass, glides towards the centre before firing a low shot too straight and Lloris can drop to his knees to gather it.
Snodgrass takes this one with more whip and dip. Sanchez cranes his neck to head it clear.
Snodgrass takes but hits the first defender. West Ham throw-in, delivered to Noble who turns Eriskendpwn by the corner flag and is tripped. Free-kick.
Excellent work from Noble, a sumptuous pass out to the right for Arnautovic, who controls it, sprints towards the box then lays it off to the 18-yard line where Fredericks arrives to bludgeon a right-foot shot on target. Alderweireld raises his right leg to deflect it behind for a corner.
This season’s derby form suggests Tottenham will find a way
Just on the stroke of time, Felipe Anderson blasts a low shot from 30 yards, aiming for the bottom right that strikes Alderweireld, blocking on the half turn, on the scalf. It diverts the ball to Lloris’s right but the keeper has time to adjust and scramble the other way. Had it hit bone instead of the fleshy part, it would have come quicker at him and he may not have been so fortunate.
Alli dives looking for a free-kick after losing control as he dribbled through the D. As the ball rolled away he brushed his foot against a defender”s and went sprawling. West Ham want his name to be inscribed in the book but Anthony Taylor gives him the benefit of the doubt.
Son stands on Snodgrass’s foot after the West Ham midfielder had played his pass. His ire at his earlier booking is stoked by the injustice of Son getting away scot free with a gratuitous foul. Then Antonio hounds Rose, Davies and Eriksen alon, like a terrier, and feels aggrieved when he’s penalised for challenging Davies.
Lloris sometimes appears to be wearing clown shoes with his clearances this season and here’s another occasion when he slices an unpressured pass into touch.
Tottenham are nearly in again on the right but Foyth lacks the composure to find Son when he storms into the box from the right and scuffs a pass beyond him.
Chance for Lucas Moura after a mistake by Diop who had intercepted a cross then tried to dribble out of his box. His offload, flicked with the outside of his foot, is picked off by Eriksen, who threads it down the inside-right channel for Lucas Moura to shoot. Fabianski rushed out and bent his knees to go low and the Brazil forward shot flush into his chest.
Son sashays into the box after taking Eriksen’s pass but snatches at a shot that he had taken too close to Balbuena.
Breathless from both sides so far. Felipe Anderson is frolicing in the space behind Foyth and Antonio also frees him with a 60-yard diagonal chip that skips on too quickly and give sLloris a chance to grab it first. Right idea, wrong execution.
Tottenham have two great targets for their forward passes when Lucas Moura and Son split but the precision in attempts to get it up to them during this past 10 minutes has been Awol.
Dier’s passing has been poor so far and here is picked off for a second time. West Ham are battling tenaciously in midfield and Noble and Rice covering an awful lot of ground.
Snodgrass protests his booking, awarded for a mistimed sliding tackle on Lucas Moura. Again they defend the kick well. Not sure why he bothered to complain. Habit? Convention? It was indisputable.
A lapse from Rice, confused about who he’s supposed to pick up, allows Lucas Moura to flood into the space he leaves and whelp a low right-foot shot across goal and behind. It missed by a good 4ft at least.
Diop blocks Son’s shot in the D after a slick one-two with Lucas Moura. Son had tacked in from the left and played a wall-pass with his team-mate but Diop did well to slide in even if the shot looked off target. West Ham defend the corner but cannot get out of their half.
Foyth controls a blunt-force pass well and knocks it inside to Eriksen who passes on to Son. Rose, steaming towards the box, is played in by Son but Fredericks does his tracking job with diligence and as his opponent shapes to shoot, gets a toe to it and diverts it on to Rose’s knee and behind for a goal-kick.
Antonio’s electric run was set up by a poor Alli pass picked off by Snodgrass and an astute pass from the Scot, Pellegrini’s bets renovation project of the season.
Lovely from Felipe Anderson who takes the ball past Foyth as if he isn’t there with a feint, swerve and immaculate control. But his shot, from a tight angle, scuds into Lloris.
Fredericks hazards a shot from 28 yards after galloping forward and Lloris gets his angles wrong and pushes it behind for a corner. Had he raised his hands and let it pass it would have missed by 6ft. Antonio wins the header from the corner but can’t direct it to threaten goal.
Now Alli gets free down that inside-left channel. Eriksen chips a 30-yard pass over the top and Alli bullocks on to it, cuts back on to his right and tries to bend a shot into the top corner but Diop recovered well to block. All three action shots that have landed so far feature Rose and Noble. Sounds like a detective agency.
Sharp save from Fabianski from Son. Great pass from Alli split the channel between Fredericks and Balbuena and Son raced past them and on to it. Picking his head up, Son tried to squeeze a left-foot shot under the keeper from 12 yards from an angle of about 225 degrees. He hit it hard enough but Fabianski dropped smartly to his right to block and smother.
Lucas Moura spins in the centre-circle and hares forward. He slips a pass with his outstep out to Son on the right then careers straight into Rice who couldn’t get out of the way. Tottenham free-kick 35 yards out that West Ham defend competently.
Alderweireld tries for a route one up to Son who has slipped between Diop and Balbuena but he puts too much on to it and it skips into Fabianski’s grasp.
Son takes a difficult pass and half-controls it so it bounces in front of him and bludgeons a half-volley over the bar. It wouldn’t sit down properly so had to hit it when it would have been almost impossible to get his knee over it and keep it down.
Rose loses the ball in central midfield and Snodgrass snaps on to his mistake and shifts the ball over to the right. Fredericks combines with Antonio takes it on but Davies stops him. Lively start from West Ham.
Tottenham are playing with a flat back four with Foyth at right-back and Rose on the left of a compact three in midfield.
We’re off. The one disadvantage of Tottenham’s new stand is the high main camera position. The angles are all wrong. Felipe Anderson goes up the left, turns Foyth and lays it back to Snodgrass. Alderweireld races out to block his shot which rebounds to Rice at the edge of the D who smashes a right-foot shot over the bar.
Julian Dicks on Spurs
From two years ago:
I hate Tottenham — I’m West Ham, and I don’t like Tottenham
People might have a go at me, but it’s true. You have got Birmingham and Villa. You’ve got Liverpool and Everton. But West Ham hate Tottenham. It’s true to say they really do.
I’m not sure it’s the other way round. But for the supporters and for me, as a player, I hated Tottenham. Just to beat them is a good feeling.
So the earlier hypothesis that it had diluted a little in the past five years seems to have been wide of the mark.
Tottenham are donating to and publicising Noah’s Ark Hospice today
Pellegrini on the derby
We are conceding too many goals, but I am happy with the way we played the last two games and hopefully we can win this game. I am confident that if we repeat the game we played at Manchester United, we can win today.
Pochettino on Vertonghen’s absence
Vertonghen is out of the squad, he has big fatigue and today would be a massive risk to play with him. But we rotate because I think the best starting XI is the one we have today. We know this is a derby, and means more than a game. They are a very good team and we must be focused. It is going to be tough.
And now for those of you watching black and white
Tottenham Hotspur Lloris; Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies; Foyth, Dier, Alli, Rose; Eriksen; Son, Lucas Moura.Substitutes Gazzaniga, Trippier, Walker-Peters, Wanyama, Skipp, Llorente, Janssen.
West Ham United: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku, Rice, Antonio, Noble, Snodgrass, Felipe Anderson, Arnautovic.Substitutes Adrian, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Obiang, Wilshere, Lucas Perez, Chicharito.
Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythensahwe).
And welcome to live coverage of the match between third-placed Tottenham and, 27 points behind them, West Ham in 11th. Where does this rate in the London rivalry stakes. Way behind West Ham v Millwall, Arsenal v Tottenham, Spurs v Chelsea, obviously. But where vis a vis Chelsea v West Ham, Arsenal v West Ham and Arsenal v Chelsea? Feisty but less needle than five years ago?
Anyway, the teams are out and here they are:
Foyth to play at right wing-back as he did at the Etihad last week and Vertonghen misses out altogether with Ajax on their minds?
Zabaleta and Ogbonna drop to the bench for West Ham after the Leicester draw and Fredericks and Diop come in.
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