Tottenham see red, as West Ham United defeat their London rivals 2-0
by Nick D
May 03, 2014 9:36 AM EDT
Tottenham drop points after losing to cross town rivals West Ham United 2-0. A red card for Kaboul in the first half cost Tim Sherwood dearly as he knew that without producing the results then his job would be in jeopardy.
The match kicked off to a slow start as the teams battled it out in the midfield. West Ham already had a slight mental edge over the Spurs after already defeating their London rivals 3-0 back in September. West Ham though slowly started to gain control of the game and pressure the Spurs' defensive line. Allardyce's tactics were clear early on, the Hammers looked to play the ball wide and try to pick out the big figure of Andy Carroll in the box. West Ham did have the majority of the possession early on, but the best chance would fall to Adebayor as Tottenham broke well on the counter. Though the striker chose to try and sidefoot the ball into the net, but the shot lacked any power and was an easy save for the Adrian. Sherwood wasn't happy on the sidelines after that strike and let his striker know. Sherwood was under a lot of pressure and since taking over he hasn't really lived up to the owners expectations. The start of the season the Spurs were aiming for a Champions League spot but since Arsenal's win over Newcastle this was now mathematically impossible and Sherwood should be worried if he would have a job next season. Then things got worse for Sherwood as Kaboul was once again sent off for impeding Downing just outside the box and since he was the last defender the ref had no choice but to brandish the red card.
Kaboul seeing the red card again this season after his challenge on Downing
Hugo Lloris though kept the score level as he punched Carroll's powerful shot out for a corner. Though Carroll would put West Ham ahead from that corner kick only moments later. The looping cross was played deep to the back post where the tall England striker rose well and with some assistance with the deflection the ball sailed into the back of the net. 1-0 and Tottenham a man down and a player down too.
Andy Carroll puts the Hammers into the lead after 25 minutes of play
West Ham then increased the pressure on the 10 man Tottenham side as they searched for their second of the game. Downing was playing well and causing a lot of trouble for the West Ham defence and the midfield too. He was winning a lot of balls in the midfield and breaking well down the flanks too. Sherwood was also forced to make a change after the red card and was forced to take off Kane and bring on a Vlad Chiriches to cover the hole left after Kaboul's sending off. Lloris was forced to work hard in goals and did really well to deny Taylor from scoring. Taylor's shot came from the top of the box but Lloris stretched well and managed to get his fingertips to the ball. Then Downing would add to Tottenham's misery as he doubled the home sides advantage only minutes before the halftime whistle. Dawson would give away a costly foul on the edge of the box. Downing stepped up and curved the ball into the bottom right corner. Though Tottenham's wall was more to blame for conceding as the ball would go straight thru the middle of it. 2-0 at halftime and West Ham with safety only 45 minutes away.
Stewart Downing doubles the home sides advantage in the 43rd minute
West Ham had total control in the second half as Tottenham struggled to hold on and not let the game get away from them. Diame almost tripled the Hammers lead with a spectacular bicycle kick in the early minutes of the half, but Lloris reacted well and managed to get his body behind the ball. Then Nolan should have tripled their lead minutes later as he got behind the defence and remain onside as Carroll nodded the ball to him. Though once again Lloris closed him down quickly and managed to get his foot to the ball and deny the midfielder. Even though Tottenham were losing Lloris surely deserved the man of the match award for his performance so far. West Ham were lining up to take shots at the Tottenham goal as Tim Sherwood was running out of ideas to get his team back into the game. Tottenham's frustrations started to come out as Soldado was booked for a late challenge, but was lucky to remain on the pitch after a confrontation with Nolan. Soldado would grab Nolan by the neck after the midfielder shared his thoughts about the challenge the Spaniard had made. The ref calmed the situation down but possibly should have branded the red card once again. Tottenham rarely ventured out of their own half and when they finally did they couldn't even muster a shot on target. In the end the two first half goals were enough for West Ham to ensure safety and guaranteed Premier League football for next season. Tottenham though could possibly see themselves drop down to 7th spot and after all that pre season spending could end up with no European football next season.