Sunday, October 22, 2006

Spurs 1 West Ham 0

West Ham started with Green in goal, Paintsil at right back and a midfield of Reo-Coker, Mullins, Benayoun and Mascherano with Zamora and Harewood up front. However despite another different first eleven from Pardew it was Spurs who had the better of the first half

In the 9th minute Aaron Lennon was put clean through by Defoe but Lennon shot well wide when he should have scored. In the 15th minute a Defoe shot was well saved by Green.

In the 25th minute West Ham managed their first shot in anger when Harewood turned Dawson and forced Robison to tip the ball wide. Five minutes from half time Mascherano fouled Defoe and then went down when Defoe squared up to him. All the players then got involved in a heated debate, the result being bookings for Mascherano and Defoe.

Two minutes into the one minute added on to the first half by the fourth official Mido flicked the ball up for himself, turned and scored for Spurs.

Spurs had the better of the first twenty minutes after the break. However Pardew brought on Tevez for Mascherano and a little later Cole on for Benayoun. With West Ham now playing with four recognised forwards the game opened up and the game livened up. Harewood was then replaced by Dailly but the game continued to be a fast two way affair. However despite some West Ham pressure, which was refelected by the ten corners we won in the game, we again failed to really trouble the oppossing keeper. West Ham piled on the pressure in the last few minutes but never got the break they needed.

Five Premiership losses in a row, we need a good win against Chesterfield and then against Blackburn. We have Arsenal and Chelsea in November and are in danger of being points adrift in the relegation zone by December.

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