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Tottenham 0-3 West Ham United: Delight for visitors as they shock Spurs at White Hart Lane (Video)

Oct 6, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

Andre Villas-Boas looked like he’d been slapped.

Shock would be the only appropriate feeling for the Tottenham squad after seeing West Ham come to White Hart Lane and run away with all three points on a 3-0 win on Sunday.

Winston Reid gave Spurs the initial jolt and strikes from Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison finished it off as the visitors grabbed a huge win to bring them out of the relegation zone.

The win is a massive one for Sam Allardyce, whose lineup and tactics stifled a Spurs squad that feasts on space and width.

The 5-man West Ham midfield started the match rotating throughout the middle, which confused the Spurs build-up and delayed their play as they looked to break down the visitors.

Both sides began with caution, but Tottenham slowly established themselves as the aggressor, and it provided them a few basic chances.  Andros Townsend provided Spurs with their first blazing shot in the 23rd minute, getting space and shooting from way beyond the box.

Spurs continued to dominate, but couldn’t produce the final ball in the first half.

The second half Spurs came out with a sense of urgency and more cutting edge, and it produced some results.

In the 52nd minute, Jermain Defoe found himself with space and launched a howitzer on goal but it was directly at Jaaskelainen who parried over the net.

Neither team looked very comfortable in their own skin in the second half, which played into West Ham’s favor as the clock continued to tick.

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Ricardo Vaz Te’s second goal sealed the enormous upset for West Ham.

The away side finally broke an increasingly nervy Spurs squad in the 66th minute on a set-piece – a common place to concede for favored sides who don’t look comfortable.

West Ham swung in a corner, and Winston Reid got his head to it.  The header crashed into his teammate James Tompkins on the line, but Reid caught his own rebound and smashed it home.

West Ham’s target man doubled the score a few minutes later and assured the visitors that their upset would be complete.  Kevin Nolan slotted through Vaz Te on the break, and he got behind Michael Dawson with the ball.  His original shot was easily saved by Lloris, but it jumped right back to Vaz Te who completed the sliding finish for the 2-0 lead.

It continued to spiral out of control as Spurs fell apart on the break again and conceded a third.  Manchester United reject Ravel Morrison settled Reid’s clearance and took it over half of the pitch, making Vertonghen look silly and chipping Lloris for the finish.

The three goals allowed by Spurs were one more than they had conceded all season so far.  They miss their chance to break back into the top 5 after being knocked down by Chelsea’s win earlier in the day.

For a club with obvious Champions League aspirations, the loss comes as a serious deterrent to their hopes. Despite being just three points back of the top level, they remain mired in sixth position.  Luckily, they have a weaker stretch before having to face both Manchester teams back-to-back in late November.

GOALS:

West Ham – Reid 66′, Vaz Te 72′, Morrison 79′

LINEUPS:

Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Vertonghen, Naughton (Holtby, 81′), Dawson; Townsend, Dembele; Paulinho, Sigurdsson (Lamela, 63′), Eriksen (Soldado, 74′); Defoe.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen; Reid, Tompkins, Rat, Demel; Nolan, Morrison, Noble, Diame (Collins, 85′), Downing; Vaz Te (Cole, 86′).

  1. randomhookup - Oct 6, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    The home side finally broke an increasingly nervy Spurs squad in the 66th minute on a set-piece…

    This sentence has me a bit confused. Spurs were at home, right?

    • Kyle Bonn - Oct 6, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      It should say away side. My mistake.

      • mkgcle - Oct 6, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        Also, I believe Dawson was the one who looked “silly” on the third goal. Vertonghen didn’t look good, don’t get me wrong, but Dawson is definitely the one who’s going to hate watching the tape the most.

  2. hildezero - Oct 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Speaking about home. Weren’t W. Ham suppose to play in their new stadium starting this season. What happened?

  3. joeoshea2013 - Oct 6, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Most people overlooked Roberto Soldado because he didn’t score goals. When he didn’t score goals he was involved in creating them. I also believe that instead of Gylfi Sigurðsson, Lamela, or Holtby should have started.

  4. joeoshea2013 - Oct 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Most people overlooked Roberto Soldado because he didn’t score goals. When he didn’t score goals he was involved in creating them. I also believe that instead of Gylfi Sigurðsson, Lamela, or Holtby should have started. Tottenham are really missing Danny Rose.

  5. joelfillmon - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Thanks for contributing Kyle, but I feel the record needs to be set straight on a few factual errors in here.

    Reid’s initial header hit Nolan in the leg, not Tomkins, before Reid roofed the rebound for his goal.

    Mark Noble played the through ball to Vaz Te for his goal, not Kevin Nolan.

    And Diame settled the clearance nicely before playing a forward pass to Ravel Morrison preceding his dribble and finish, and, as mentioned above, it was Dawson who was wrong-footed by Morrison, though Vertonghen did take a poor line to recover while chasing back.

  6. godsholytrousers - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    I suppose Clint Dempsey wasn’t good enough for this hot mess.

    During the run to lose the Champions League slot last spring, when Bale and company were spitting the bit, Clint was carrying the team on his back. Sure, he doesn’t fit the traditional Spurs version of a classic striker or center mid, but when the going gets tough, White Hart Lane lays down, and good riddance to them.

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