December 13 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 5, 2013
West Ham have struggled for goals without talisman Andy Carroll, but Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is still expecting an “extremely difficult” London derby tomorrow.
Sam Allardyce’s side have been hampered by the absence of their record signing, who has yet to feature since joining from Liverpool permanently in the summer.
It has left the Hammers devoid of attacking options, and they have managed just 14 shots on target in the Premier League this season. By contrast, Spurs had 29 shots against Cardiff alone.
The east Londoners head to White Hart Lane tomorrow without a win in eight away league games, failing to score in their last four, but Villas-Boas is not taking them lightly.
“They are still a very objective and aggressive team,” he said of Carroll’s absence.
“They are very direct and we know what to expect against them.
“We will have to be alert at set plays, crosses into the box and make the play very, very strong.
“We were successful against them last season, winning home and away, and we are highly motivated for the game against West Ham.
“A London derby is always difficult, so it will be an extremely difficult match.”
Tottenham head into the game boosted by the news that captain Michael Dawson has signed a new three-year deal at White Hart Lane.
The 29-year-old has made 293 appearances for Spurs since joining in January 2005 and is set to start against West Ham on Sunday.
Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose, Aaron Lennon and Etienne Capoue are out through injury, while Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho come back into the fold having been rested for the 2-0 Europa League win at Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday.