West Ham 1-3 Tottenham
West Ham 1-3 Tottenham: Son Heung-Min’s brace and Fernando Llorente’s volley see Mauricio Pochettino’s side through into the quarter-finals of Carabao Cup
- Tottenham overcame West Ham to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday
- Son Heung-Min broke the deadlock for the visitors after Dele Alli put him through on the West Ham goal
- The South Korean doubled the lead for Mauricio Pochettino’s men after Arthur Masuaku failed to stop a break
- Lucas Perez gave the Hammers a lifeline with 20 minutes left as the Spaniard headed home from a corner
- Fernando Llorente restored Spurs’ two-goal lead as he volleyed a corner seconds before being subbed off
Nothing lifts the gloom over Tottenham quite like victory over West Ham.
Defeat against Manchester City on Monday, not for the first time this season, raised questions marks over Tottenham’s staying power.
Two days later they’re in the League Cup quarter-finals – where they face arch rivals Arsenal – courtesy of two goals from Heung-min Son and another from Fernando Llorente.
MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS
WEST HAM: (4-2-3-1) Adrian 6; Fredericks 6, Diop 6.5, Ogbonna 5.5, Masuaku 5; Obiang 6 (Perez 58, 7), Rice 6.5; Diangana 7, Anderson 5 (Snodgrass 46, 6), Antonio 6; Hernandez 6 (Arnautovic 58, 6.5)
SUBS NOT USED: Fabianski (GK); Balbuena, Coventry, Powell
GOALS: Perez (71)
COACH: Manuel Pellegrini 6.5
TOTTENHAM: (4-2-3-1) Gazzaniga 6.5; Aurier 6.5, Sanchez 6.5, Foyth 7, Walker-Peters 6; Wanyama 6.5, Winks 7; Son 8, Alli 7.5 (N’Koudou 63, 6), Eriksen 7.5(Skipp 84); Llorente 7 (Sissoko 77)
SUBS NOT USED: Vorm (GK); Eyoma, Marsh, Lucas
GOALS: Son (17, 54); Llorente (75)
COACH: Mauricio Pochettino 7.5
REFEREE: Stuart Attwell 6.5
MAN OF THE MATCH: Son Heung-Min
VENUE: The London Stadium
Crisis? What crisis? Of course, Mauricio Pochettino has far bigger fish to fry.
But a chance to end Tottenham’s long trophy drought is edging ever closer.
The prospect of beating Arsenal en route will have Spurs supporters frothing at the mouth.
‘It will be an exciting game, I’m excited face to Arsenal. Unai Emery is good friend and a top manager and doing a great job,’ said Pochettino, who knows the Gunners boss from his time managing in Spain.
‘In our history Arsenal are a great rival – but I love Unai and have great respect for him.’
Spurs’ win was all the more impressive given Pochettino illustrated precisely where the Carabao Cup lies in his list of priorities by making 10 changes from the team that started Monday’s home loss to Manchester City.
Yet the strength of Tottenham’s starting XI that included Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, who were continuing their returns from muscular injuries, as well as Harry Winks and Son underlines the strength of Tottenham’s squad.
Much has been made of Tottenham’s fruitless summer transfer window. On this evidence, the room for improvement to their squad is marginal.
Pochettino, of course, will argue it’s the marginal difference that wins you trophies.
Pellegrini was far more conservative in his team selection; making five changes from Saturday’s draw at Leicester.
Thankfully for Spurs, their players didn’t share the apparent apathy their manager holds for this competition as they sped in to a 16th minute lead.
The goal was dripping with incision; the finish was brutally unerring. When Eriksen fizzed a pass into Alli’s feet, the England international had his work cut out in even trying to control the ball.
But somehow Alli conjured a genius first-time flicked pass into Son, who fired past Adrian into the top left corner.
Spurs were worthy of their early advantage, not that West Ham were helping themselves. Angelo Ogbonna’s poor clearance in the lead up to the opener testament to that.
Wayward passes were met with groans from the home support, who simply hate losing to that lot from north London. In contrast, Tottenham’s visiting support were enjoying every moment.
Yet the Hammers weren’t without their opportunities, Paulo Gazzaniga stopped Michail Antonio’s effort before Javier Hernandez missed two decent chances to level before the break.
Indeed, there were growing signs of positivity towards the end of the half that for the Hammers; academy graduate Grady Diangana looking particularly impressive.
There were more promising signs at the start of the second period, Antonio again denied by Gazzaniga after a powerful run down the left.
But eight minutes after the restart Tottenham struck a brutal blow to double their advantage.
The formula was identical. Alli into Son, who fired home. But in this instance the Korean owed his gratitude to Hammers defender Arthur Masuaku, who made a complete hash of his attempt to clear Alli’s pass to allow Son all the time he needed to round Adrian and fire home.
That was enough for some Hammers fans, who immediately headed for the exit.
Unfortunately, the two supporters who invaded the pitch during the closing stages of last night’s clash weren’t among those who left early.
West Ham will no doubt be asked to explain further security breaches at the London Stadium.
By then though Pellegrini, who’d already introduced Robert Snodgrass in place of Felipe Anderson at half-time, sent for the cavalry in the shape of Marko Arnautovic and Lucas Perez in hope of a riposte.
And in fairness to the Hammers, they threw the kitchen sink at Tottenham and hauled themselves back into the game in the 71st minute when Perez nodded home at the back post to set up a grandstand finish.
But Fernando Llorente volleyed home Eriksen’s cross just four minutes later to see Tottenham home.
All in all, a satisfying night’s work for the Tottenham boss, who introduced highly-rated youngster Oliver Skipp for his debut late on.