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    Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 West Ham: Match Report



    By Tom Regan
    @TomRegan29

    Tottenham Hotspur will once again be drawing the plaudits after recording their biggest win over West Ham since March 2008 as they dispatched their London rivals 4-1 at White Hart Lane. Mauricio Pochettino’s side displayed a slick and exciting brand of football, and many will have acknowledged the outstanding performance that has seen them extend their unbeaten run to 12 league games.

    From the off, there was a sense it would be a tight affair as West Ham closed down all over the park.

    A determined forward run from Danny Rose forced Carl Jenkinson to concede a corner. Subsequent of the corner, a Victor Moses effort was cleared by Eric Dier. Aaron Cresswell’s shot was blocked following another corner, and Hugo Lloris gathered easily when Kouyate tried to break through.

    Spurs then began to dictate proceedings, playing some extremely slick passing football that saw Eriksen sting the palms of Adrian after nice work from Son Heung-min and Moussa Dembele. Some more smooth play followed. The deadlock was broken on 22 minutes when Dele Alli’s shot was deflected into the path of Harry Kane, who fired in the roof of the net and raced off to celebrate with the Park Lane faithful.

    The Hammers came close to a leveller, as Cheikhou Kouyate hit an overhead kick onto the bar. The Senegalese international was at least two yards offside during the move, but the flag stayed down meaning the goal would have stood had it been diverted.

    On 32 minutes, Son won a corner for the north Londoners, and Eriksen took it from the left. Toby Alderweireld met Christian Eriksen’s perfectly executed in-swinger, and headed home to seal his second league goal of the season. The home fans taunted the visitors with the chant "2-0 in your cup final".
    The Lilywhites continued with the scintillating football, and Eriksen with a rare burst of pace, chased the ball down the left flank, passing inside to Kane, who then fed Son. The South Korean’s attempt was saved by Adrian, and Alli's brave follow up header hit the bar.

    Lloris easily dealt with Diafra Sakho's effort from just outside the area. Tottenham came forward and Alli's challenge in the middle saw Kane put clear through on goal, but a rare lack of composure saw the England international pull a dreadful left footed strike well wide of the target. Anthony Taylor blew his whistle for half time, and Pochettino’s men could easily have been 4 or 5 nil up.

    West Ham took an aggressive approach into the second period. Kane won a free kick just outside the area, and from it, Eriksen’s cross was only half cleared giving Harry an opportunity but his overhead kick didn’t have the venom to trouble Adrian.

    The north Londoners were in cruise control and further increased their advantage on 50 minutes after a suicidal pass from James Tomkins was intercepted by Eriksen. The Dane passed inside, and Kane, who is in lethal form, made some room and fired low and hard beneath Adrian.

    The Hammers had no answer to the high energy and desire shown by the Lilywhites. Midfield sensation Alli showed neat control after collecting Dier's long ball, but his shot was comfortably saved by the busy Adrian.

    Dembele guided a delightful ball to Son on the right, whose shot well saved, before Eriksen's follow up was also saved. Kane sent a pinpoint cross-field ball from the left to Kyle Walker, who passed inside to Son. The South Korean fired towards goal but his shot was deflected for a corner.

    Slaven Bilic made a double substitution on 63 minutes with Mauro Zarate and Nickica Jelavic replacing Moses and the poor Andy Carroll. A fall out between Noble and Alli inside the West Ham half saw the pair booked. It was handbags at best, and Alli will now miss Tottenham’s clash with Chelsea on Sunday through suspension.

    Rose provided Kane with a chance from long range, but Adrian easily smothered. Alli was replaced on 70 minutes by Ryan Mason, the man who may well replace the former MK Dons star against Mourinho’s struggling side.

    Kouyate threatened with a header from a Hammers corner, but Lloris saved. A spat between Walker and Sakho following Walker’s foul saw both players cautioned.

    After being fed by Eriksen, Walker exchanged passes with Son, before hitting a wonderful drive into the net with the outside of his right foot with seven minutes of the 90 remaining. Walker soon went from hero to villain after he put the Spurs defence under pressure with a sloppy pass, and moments later, Lanzini thumped a consolation in.

    The north Londoners were looking for more, as Dier chased a ball down the left flank, passed to Eriksen, and the Dane played in Mason, whose right foot effort hit Adrian's left post.

    The Lilywhites had won well, with undoubtedly their strongest display of the campaign. On another day they could have scored 7 or 8. Chelsea are the next opponents on Sunday, and with confidence sky high at White Hart Lane, Mourinho’s side could be in for a tricky encounter. The dream of top four is most definitely alive and kicking as the unbeaten run continues.
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