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Premier League: Tottenham 2 West Ham 0

PUBLISHED: 22:35 23 June 2020 | UPDATED: 22:35 23 June 2020

Tottenham's Harry Kane scores his side's second goal during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham's Harry Kane scores his side's second goal during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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Harry Kane answered his critics as he celebrated his 200th Premier League appearance for Tottenham with a goal in a 2-0 derby win against West Ham.

West Ham United's Ryan Fredericks heads the ball during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur StadiumWest Ham United's Ryan Fredericks heads the ball during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Jose Mourinho was forced to make an impassioned rebuttal of claims that his style of play would not see Kane score goals before the match, listing the scoring records of all of his former strikers.

But such is Kane’s prowess there are very little tactics that would not see him find the net regularly and his late strike against the Hammers, which came after Tomas Soucek’s own goal had put Spurs in front, was his 137th league goal for the club and his eighth in 12 games under the Portuguese.

It sealed three points which aid Tottenham’s Champions League ambitions as they move a point behind Wolves and Manchester United in the race for fifth – which as it stands is good enough – ahead of their games on Wednesday.

For West Ham it was a defeat that leaves them out of the bottom three on goal difference and with Chelsea up next to play next Wednesday, relegation fears are deepening for the Hammers.

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli and West Ham United's Tomas Soucek (second right) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur StadiumTottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli and West Ham United's Tomas Soucek (second right) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

David Moyes came to north London, where his side were the first team to win at Spurs’ new home last season, to contain their hosts and it made for a dismal opening 20 minutes with little action at either end of the pitch.

Lucas Moura piqued interest when he created space for himself and fizzed a powerful effort from 25 yards, but Lukasz Fabianski palmed it over the crossbar.

Kane’s display had been heavily scrutinised against Manchester United, having had no efforts on target, but he put that right, with a low effort that was easily saved by Fabianksi.

Spurs got better as the first half went on and they thought they had found the breakthrough in the 45th minute.

Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min celebrates scoring a goal only for it to be ruled offside during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur StadiumTottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min celebrates scoring a goal only for it to be ruled offside during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Giovani Lo Celso squared the ball to Son on the edge of the area and he cut inside and found the bottom corner, but the perpendicular lines of the video assistant referee system ruled it out for a marginal offside.

Spurs still should have gone in at half-time in front after Moura wasted a golden chance in added time.

Ben Davies got in down the left and pulled it back to the Brazilian on the penalty spot, but his effort went well wide with the goal gaping.

The second half was instantly more open and both sides had chances to take the lead, with Eric Dier curling wide and then Kane seeing a backheel blocked by Fabianski, while Pablo Fornals shot off target for the Hammers when unmarked just 10 yards out.

VAR rules out a goal by Tottenham Hotspur's Heung-Min Son during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur StadiumVAR rules out a goal by Tottenham Hotspur's Heung-Min Son during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

It looked like Kane’s moment was going to come just before the hour as Spurs produced a lightning quick break and Lo Celso teed up the England captain, but his first-time effort went just wide.

Mourinho’s side were not denied much longer as they went ahead in the 64th minute, though they were recipient of a large slice of luck.

Lo Celso’s corner deflected off Davinson Sanchez and on to the legs of Soucek, with the ball diverting into the bottom corner of Fabianski’s net.

It survived another VAR check for a possible handball but Spurs were worthy of their lead.

West Ham United's Tomas Soucek scores an own goal during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur StadiumWest Ham United's Tomas Soucek scores an own goal during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

West Ham went in search of an equaliser and almost found it in the 78th minute when the hosts struggled to defend a corner and Jarrod Bowen fired an effort onto the post from the second phase.

But Spurs killed the game with another move on the break as Son played Kane through on goal and there was little doubt about the outcome as he coolly slotted in his 137th Premier League goal for the club.

Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, D Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Lucas Moura (Bergwijn 72), Alli (Lamela 59), Son (Winks 86), Kane.

Unused subs: Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sessegnon, Gazzaniga, Ndombele, Carvalho Fernandes.

West Ham United's Pablo Fornals reacts after a missed chance during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur StadiumWest Ham United's Pablo Fornals reacts after a missed chance during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

West Ham: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Noble (Felipe Anderson 71), Fornals (Lanzini 71), Antonio.

Unused subs: Yarmolenko, Wilshere, Ogbonna, Ajeti, Costa Silva, Randolph, Johnson.

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Referee: Craig Pawson.

Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier chases down West Ham United's Michail Antonio during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur StadiumTottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier chases down West Ham United's Michail Antonio during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane breaks during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur StadiumTottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane breaks during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris makes a save during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London,Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris makes a save during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London,

Tottenham Hotspurs' Dele Alli and West Ham United's Issa Diop (left) during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London,Tottenham Hotspurs' Dele Alli and West Ham United's Issa Diop (left) during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London,

West Ham United's Michail Antonio shoots during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London,West Ham United's Michail Antonio shoots during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London,

Tottenham Hotspur's Lucas Moura and West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London,Tottenham Hotspur's Lucas Moura and West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London,


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