West Ham 0-1 Tottenham: Match Report

An Erik Lamela goal gave Spurs a narrow victory in the London derby at the Olympic Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Argentinian’s first half header secured the points despite late pressure from the hosts.

For West Ham, two successive defeats have left manager Manuel Pellegrini with problems to solve.

Tottenham are up to 3rd in the league table after claiming their fourth consecutive league victory.

Following the home victory over Cardiff before the international break, Mauricio Pochettino made 2 changes. Ben Davies was brought in to replace the injured Danny Rose, whilst Lamela came back in for Son Heung Min.

The first-half was scrappy with a lack of clear efforts on goal, but the Hammers were hit with a double-whammy at the end of the half.

Firstly, Andriy Yarmolenko came off after suffering a potentially serious injury, and then Lamela gave Spurs the lead. Kieran Trippier guided a lofted ball down the right towards an impressive Moussa Sissoko. The Frenchman cut inside away from the full-back to cross the ball perfectly onto the head of the Argentinian. He nodded the ball easily into the bottom left-hand corner to give Tottenham the lead. This was Lamela’s 3rd goal in 4 Premier League games. Spurs again came close before the conclusion of the half following more involvement from a lively Lamela, who ended the half incredibly. Davinson Sanchez picked the ball up in the penalty-area, but the Colombian’s effort was kept out by Lucasz Fabianski.

West Ham began the second-half in the ascendancy. Arnautovic came close on two occasions: His header aimed towards the top right-hand corner was kept out by Hugo Lloris. Another low effort was also saved.

In the last five-minutes the Hammers came close again, as Javier Hernandez netted but was adjudged to be offside. Arnautovic almost had the final say as he soared into the penalty-area, but Lloris was there to deny him again. Tottenham were able to hang on though and claimed a crucial victory away from home.

For Pellegrini’s side, the recent revival has been ended following successive defeats against Brighton and Spurs. Next up they travel to the King Power Stadium looking to rediscover their form.

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The win for Spurs took the club back up to 3rd in the Premier League table, level on points with Chelsea, and only two points off Manchester City on the top. After successive Champions League defeats, they travel to Holland to face PSV on Wednesday.

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