Premier League: West Ham beat Tottenham 3-0 with three second-half goals
By Tim Oscroft. Last Updated: October 7, 2013 11:50am
Ravel Morrison and Ricardo Vaz Te were instrumental in West Ham's first win at White Hart Lane since 1999
West Ham stunned Tottenham 3-0 to claim only their second away win of 2013, with all the goals coming after half-time.
Winston Reid tapped home a 66th-minute corner from close range for the first in Sunday's Premier League clash at White Hart Lane, before Ricardo Vaz Te had a slice of luck to slot in off Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris six minutes later.
Ravel Morrison secured three points for Sam Allardyce's men when he raced clear from midfield, got between Spurs' centre halves and poked the ball in off the unfortunate Lloris in the 79th minute.
Best of the game
- Man of the match: Ravel Morrison helped to snuff out the Spurs, and then showed his attacking potential with a well-taken goal.
- Goal of the match: Morrison deserved to squeeze the ball in off Lloris for his fine run through the middle.
- Save of the match: Jussi Jaaskelainen raced out to block Jermain Defoe at 0-0 for a vital save that proved to be the turning point. A few minutes later West Ham went ahead.
- Shot of the match: Andros Townsend lashed a decent effort just over in the first half. It promised much, but there was little else from Spurs to shout about.
- Talking point: Spurs have scored six goals in seven games and rarely threatened to add to their tally today.
Earlier, Kevin Nolan had missed a golden opportunity to score in the first half from a well-executed West Ham free-kick, while Jermain Defoe was denied by a good block from Jussi Jaaskelainen.
A midweek trip to Russia looked to have taken the sting out of Andre Villas-Boas' side, who lacked a cutting edge throughout, while despite being underdogs, West Ham had the better of the opening exchanges.
Mohamed Diame sneaked into the Tottenham box, but Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho did just enough to put the midfielder off. Stewart Downing then whipped in a cross from wide, but Kevin Nolan could only head wide.
Spurs were restricted to long shots for most of the opening half hour as Tomkins and Reid performed well to keep Defoe and Christian Eriksen quiet.
Andros Townsend seemed to be the only Tottenham player capable of causing any problems. The winger slalomed past his marker and played a clever ball into Gylfi Sigurdsson, but Jaaskelainen saved the forward's low drive. Townsend could not draw a save out of the Finn though, as he cracked a 25-yard effort just wide.
At the other end, Reid wasted a glorious chance to put the Hammers ahead when he nodded Mark Noble's corner wide when free in the box. Noble then chipped over the wall to tee up Nolan, but his volley trickled inches wide.
Allardyce praises players
That proved to be something of a wake-up call for Tottenham, who started the second half brightly.
Defoe, making his first league start of the year, finally managed to get in behind the Hammers defence, but Jaaskelainen came off his line to smother the striker's shot.
Vaz Te and Morrison shot wide as West Ham came into the game, and then the away side took the lead. Nolan unwittingly cleared Reid's goalbound header off the Spurs line, but the New Zealand defender swept home the rebound.
AVB: Hammers deserved it
Six minutes later, the away end was in uproar again as West Ham made it 2-0. Noble carved open the Spurs defence with a beautiful pass to send Vaz Te through. His shot rebounded off Lloris' legs and he slid the ball home.
Spurs then amazingly slipped 3-0 behind after a fantastic solo goal from Morrison. The former Manchester United man picked the ball up just inside his own half and drifted past Michael Dawson before lifting the ball over Lloris.
Tottenham fans started to leave in their droves, realising there was no way back. The away fans, in contrast, sang "we want more" and Allardyce disappointingly asked the fourth official "is that all?" when he revealed there would be four minutes of added time.
The win moves West Ham up to 13th in the table, five points behind sixth-placed Spurs after seven games.
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Tottenham v West Ham
West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has praised the behaviour of the club's supporters during Sunday's win at Tottenham.
Mark Noble led the chorus of praise for Ravel Morrison after his starring role in their 3-0 win at Tottenham.
Sam Allardyce has outlined the tactical change that paid off to help West Ham to their 3-0 win at Tottenham on Sunday.