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By Dave Evans at White Hart Lane
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Premier League: Tottenham 0 West Ham 3
West Ham grabbed three second-half goals to secure the points in a dramatic and deserved victory over stunned Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
Goals from Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te and a stunning individual effort from Ravel Morrison stunned the home crowd as Tottenham were beaten at home for the first time this season.
The third bottom Hammers had not scored a goal on the road all season, but in a tense and tight London derby they finally broke that deadlock on 65 minutes.
Stewart Downing’s swinging corner was met by the head of Reid and when his shot was only parried, it fell back into the path of the central defender who buried his shot from close range for his first of the season..
And the joy was compounded on 72 minutes when Vaz Te was put in the clear and his shot parried off the keeper and back into his body to dribble into the empty net, before Morrison glided through the Spurs defence from halfway before lifting the ball over the Spurs keeper and into the net.
It was West Ham’s first victory in this London derby in 12 games and it was no smash and grab raid as the Hammers carved out as many chances as the in-form home side.
West Ham adopted a 4-6-0 formation that saw Ravel Morrison, Kevin Nolan and Ricardo Vaz Te vying to be the player furthest forward and it seemed to work well in the first half as Spurs were restricted to just a couple of half chances.
Indeed it was the Hammers who had the best two chances of the opening 45 minutes with both falling to Kevin Nolan.
First on 12 minutes he met Stewart Downing’s left wing cross only to head wide when well placed, while just before half time came the best chance of all.
Ravel Morrison won a free kick with a driving forward run and Mark Noble tried a training ground routine as he dinked it up for Nolan who could only volley wide with the goal at his mercy.
Spurs had plenty of possession with Paulinho looking dominant in midfield, but they could not quite break down a West Ham defence superbly marshalled by Winston Reid.
Paulinho was almost put in by Christian Eriksen only for James Tomkins to make a superb block tackle, while Andros Townsend’s swerving long-ranger seemed to have Jussi Jaaskelainen beaten, but slipped wide of the post.
Mo Diame headed another Downing cross wide for the Hammers, before Paulinho blasted over a Townsend cross after Nolan had lost possession in midfield.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce would certainly have been the happier manager at the break and
Spurs upped the tempo in the second and they almost scored within seconds of the restart.
Paulinho’s superb pass put Jermain Defoe in the clear, but the striker, so often a thron in the side of his former team, saw his shot superbly saved by the body of Jaaskelainen, before on 53 minutes Defoe’s thumping shot was tipped over by the West Ham keeper.
At the other end a Noble corner was met by the head of James Tomkins whose effort was palmed away by Hugo Lloris, while Vaz Te and Morrison both shot wide from distance as the Hammers looked to stay in the game.
They did more than that. As Spurs wilted, the Hammers new formation proved perfect for the game and the goals from Reid and Vaz Te rocked the home side.
Paulinho’s header was straight into the arms of Jaaskelainen as they looked to come back, but there was no way back when Morrison made it 3-0 with his magnificent individual effort on 80 minutes.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Paulinho, Naughton (Holtby 80), Townsend, Defoe, Dembele, Dawson, Sigurdsson (Lamela 63), Eriksen (Soldado 74). Unused: Friedel, Chriches, Chadli, Sandro.
West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Rat, Tomkins, Reid, Noble (O’Brien 90), Diame (Collins 80), Morrison, Nolan, Downing, Vaz Te (Cole 86). Unused: Jarvis, Maiga, Petric.