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By Ben Pearce, Tottenham correspondent, at White Hart Lane
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Tottenham suffered an embarrassing home defeat against their London rivals West Ham at White Hart Lane today. Spurs correspondent Ben Pearce looks at the Lilywhites’ individual displays.
HUGO LLORIS 5
The Frenchman had a nervy moment early on as his clearance was charged down, but he got away with it and then had a fairly quiet first half. He was eventually called into action in the 55th minute and responded to save James Tomkins’ header from a set piece. That was a warning sign and the Irons went on to score from a corner as Winston Reid jumped above Jan Vertonghen. The initial effort struck Kevin Nolan and the ball fell back to Reid, who finished. It was a similar story for the second goal as the Spurs keeper saved Ricardo Vaz Te’s shot but unfortunately saw the ball rebound back off the West Ham man and bounce into the net. Lloris was exposed again when Ravel Morrison ran from inside his own half to finished well make it 3-0.
KYLE WALKER 3
The England right-back left the pre-match warm-up early and headed down the tunnel complaining of a pain in his side. He started the game as planned but did not get forward as much as we have come to expect – and he was badly exposed when Vaz Te got in behind him to score the second goal.
JAN VERTONGHEN 3
The Belgian lost two headers against Reid – the first coming in the first half as the Hammers defender sent a glancing effort wide – and the second resulted in the goal, although he looked to have been pushed. Vertonghen tried to make things happen but his desire to get forward backfired for the third goal as he was caught upfield, allowing Morrison to run at Michael Dawson, who failed to stop him, and then beat Lloris.
MICHAEL DAWSON 3
Having signed a new contract during the week, the centre-back initially defended well, defending the front post well to stop the Hammers’ crosses. However, he tried to force the play with a couple of long balls around the half-hour mark, which both missed their mark and did little to help. The captain also had a dodgy period shortly before half-time as an over-ambitious forward pass was intercepted – and he then lost the ball to Morrison on the edge of his own box, but recovered well to block the ensuing cross. Dawson could do little about the first goal as he was not marking Reid, and he was unable to get across to stop Vaz Te for the second, but he did not even make a challenge as Morrison beat him far too easily for the third goal.
KYLE NAUGHTON 5
The left-back reacted well to West Ham’s clever free-kick just before half-time, getting back to put Kevin Nolan under pressure and force the Hammers skipper to hit an awkward volley, which nearly went in anyway. It would be harsh to blame him for any of the goals, but he offered little going forward, tending to simply give the ball to a more dangerous player. Danny Rose will offer more in that respect when he returns.
The Brazilian got into some threatening positions in the first half but did not have his shooting boots on. He was denied a shot on goal by a good tackle from James Tomkins but then sent a wild 40-yard effort miles over the bar. When Andros Townsend’s cross was headed out to him on the edge of the box, he turned and volleyed wide – and then, when Gylfi Sigurdsson dummied Christian Eriksen’s disguised pass across the edge of the area, he sliced well wide. Paulinho created a big chance for Defoe just after half-time, freeing the England man in the box but watching as Jaaskelainen made the save. Spurs’ defenders may well feel aggrieved at the lack of protection when Morrison ran from inside his own half, but Tottenham were chasing the game at that stage so Paulinho and Mousa Dembele could be forgiven for their advanced positions.
MOUSA DEMBELE 4
The midfielder is effective at muscling his man off the ball and rapidly turning defence into attack, which he did on occasions again today – but he failed to make the most of the openings he created, frequently taking the wrong decision. That was highlighted at the end of the first half as he won the ball and advanced into midfield but tried to take on too many men and ended up losing the ball and giving away a foul. There was no improvement in the second half, which was typified by the moment when he created some space but then saw his attempted pass to Sigurdsson intercepted.
ANDROS TOWNSEND 6
The 22-year-old was the brightest spark in the first half and looked the most likely to create something from the right-hand side. An early cross found Sigurdsson, who was unable to get a shot away, and he then jinked inside before unleashing a 30-yard strike which swerved wide of the top left corner. Another run and cross set up a chance for Paulinho, who turned and volleyed wide, and the winger went on to intercept a pass, run half the length of the field and deliver a devilish low ball across the goalmouth, just in front of the sliding Defoe. The second half was a different story though and the wide man was well shackled.
CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN 5
The Hammers stifled the Dane effectively in the first half, getting numbers around him and restricting his space. A chipped ball to the back post was headed away and a clever, disguised ball across the edge of the box was dummied by Sigurdsson to create a chance for Paulinho, but the summer signing endured a frustrating first period and was eventually substituted in the second half.
GYLFI SIGURDSSON 4
The Iceland international had scored two goals in his previous three games but struggled to impose himself on this game. He had the only shot of the first half, but it was a comfortable low save for Jaaskelainen, and he was unable to create anything further before being replaced by Erik Lamela just after the hour-mark.
JERMAIN DEFOE 3
Having scored seven goals in eight appearances, the England striker was given his first Premier League start of the season against his former club. However, he struggled to get into the game, only getting one brief sight of goal in the first half when he exchanged passes with Paulinho on the edge of the box and then lost his footing. Defoe was given a clear opening seconds into the second half as Paulinho freed him in the box, but Jussi Jaaskelainen saved with his legs – and it proved to be a costly miss.
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