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White Hart Lane (ATT 36,043) 25th November 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: A Marriner

Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United West Ham

Tottenham 3

J Defoe (44, 64)
G Bale (58)

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West Ham 1

A Carroll (82)

Tottenham moved up to seventh in the Premier League table after a 3-1 win over West Ham

Last Updated: 26/11/12 6:51am

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Jermain Defoe: Brace against his former club

Jermain Defoe: Brace against his former club

Jermain Defoe struck twice as Tottenham beat West Ham 3-1 at White Hart Lane to move up to seventh in the Premier League table.

Defoe scored either side of half-time to help sink his former club and Gareth Bale also found the net to give Tottenham a confidence and morale-boosting win.

But the contest was marred by offensive chanting from the away end at White Hart Lane.

Best of the Match:

  • Man of the match - Jermain Defoe. Scored twice, was incredibly sharp from the first minute.
  • Moment of the match - Dempsey's delightful chipped pass to set up Bale for the second goal.
  • Attempt of the match - Bale's early effort from distance which hit the underside of the bar.
  • Save of the match - Jaaskelainen's double save to deny good strikes from both Defoe and Bale.
  • Goal of the game - Defoe's opener was a fantastic individual effort, cutting inside from the right, skipping past several West Ham players before unleashing a fierce shot past Jaaskelainen.
  • Talking point - With a confident win that now puts Spurs on level points with Arsenal, can they push on and grab a top four finish?

West Ham fans chanted "Viva Lazio" and sang the name of former Lazio and Hammers man Paolo Di Canio on several occasions - something that was hard to stomach for the home supporters who witnessed the horrifying attack on Spurs fans in Rome that ended with one man in hospital for stab wounds to his leg and head.

The Hammers fans were also heard hissing on at least three occasions during the game, which is interpreted to mimic the sound of gas released into the death chambers at concentration camps during World War Two.

For a club that has a strong affinity with the Jewish community, Tottenham's supporters are bound to be offended by the actions of the travelling support especially after Lazio fans chanted "Juden Tottenham" during Thursday's 0-0 draw in Rome.

Back on the pitch Spurs were far the better team and hugely deserved the win, which moved the north London club above West Ham in to seventh.

The only crumb of comfort for the visitors was Andy Carroll's late header - his first goal for the club.

Defoe's first was a fine effort as he broke towards the edge of the box and lashed his shot past a helpless Jussi Jaaskelainen.

The home fans, aware of Spurs' tendency to throw games away this season, became nervous - but Clint Dempsey put those nerves to rest when he lifted the ball over the West Ham defence and found Bale, who got the ball out from under his feet to prod past Jaaskelainen.

Six minutes later it was game over. Tom Huddlestone robbed a dallying Carroll and Sandro snatched the ball off Mohamed Diame to release Aaron Lennon.

The winger sped clear off his marker and squared for Defoe, who made it 3-0 before Carroll added his first for West Ham - which was a mere consolation.

Tottenham HotspurTeam StatisticsWest Ham United
3Goals1
11st Half Goals0
9Shots on Target4
13Shots off Target4
6Blocked Shots4
4Corners2
9Fouls10
1Offsides2
1Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
85.7Passing Success75.5
10Tackles17
60Tackles Success70.6
59.4Possession40.6
52.6Territorial Advantage47.4
453Total Passes306
19Total Crosses20
139Lost Balls133
55Recoveries54
57.91st Half Poss.42.1
61.42nd Half Poss.38.6

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Table

Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 12 32
2 Southampton 11 25
3 Manchester City 12 24
4 Manchester United 12 19
5 Newcastle United 12 19
6 West Ham United 12 18
7 Swansea City 12 18
8 Arsenal 12 17
9 Everton 12 17
10 Stoke City 12 15
11 Liverpool 11 14
12 Tottenham Hotspur 11 14
13 West Bromwich Albion 12 13
14 Sunderland 12 13
15 Hull City 11 11
16 Aston Villa 11 11
17 Leicester City 12 10
18 Burnley 12 10
19 Crystal Palace 11 9
20 Queens Park Rangers 12 8

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