Hammers Earn Their Spurs
By Tom Dowsett
Monday 07 Oct 2013 14:08:00
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In the preview to this match the question was posed that, after West Ham United had beaten Newcastle United at St James's Park for the first time in 14 years, could they repeat the trick at White Hart Lane where they had also not won for the same time period.

The club were temporarily in the bottom three after Saturday's results, but not even the biggest of Hammers' fans would have expected this result. They claimed only their second win of the campaign and their first win on the road this season as they comprehensively beat Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.

Sam Allardyce made three changes to the side that lost away at Hull city last time out, dropping Modibo Maiga, Matt Jarvis and Joey O'Brien to the bench and giving starts to Guy Demel, Stewart Downing and Ricardo Vaz Te, who made his first start of the season as the manager changed the teams formation. Joe Cole made the squad for the first time since the Capital One Cup tie against Cheltenham Town, but he was named amongst the substitutes.

West Ham made a bright start to the game and could have gone in front on 11 minutes but Kevin Nolan sent his header wide of the target.

The East Londoners were equal to everything Tottenham tried to throw at them as, two minutes later, James Tomkins stopped Paulinho's superb run with a well-timed challenge.

The home side's best chance came when Andros Townsend unleashed a powerful shot on 24 minutes but, thankfully for the visitors, it didn't end up in the back of Jussi Jaaskelainen's net.

Although the Hammers' defence stood firm when both Christian Eriksson and Gylfi Sigurdsson had efforts on goal. They had to rely on Jaaskelainen to get them out of trouble when their old foe Jermain Defoe went close.

West Ham had another great chance to take the lead on 34 minutes when Winston Reid rose highest from Mark Noble's corner.  Unfortunately the New Zealander sent his header wide of the post.

Tottenham started the second half in lightning fashion. Straight from the kick-off Defoe latched onto Paulinho's path but the West Ham keeper did superbly to thwart him.

Minutes later, Spurs were awarded a freekick for Vaz Te's trip on Paulinho. Eriksson took the set-piece but it was too high for both Defoe and Michael Dawson to reach. Sigurdsson, however, did make contact but he couldn't prevent a goalkick from being given.

The Hammers survived again on 55  minutes, as Defoe forced Jaaskelainen into another save when his powerful toe poke was tipped over.

The East Londoners had put their hosts under considerable pressure at times in the match and another spell of dominance from the visitors was to pay off on 66 minutes. Reid's header took a deflection off Nolan, who played the ball back to the centre back and headed it past Hugo Lloris to send the travelling fans ballistic!

Six minutes later, the day was getting even better for the Hammers' fans as Vaz Te made it 2-0 when he raced on to Noble's through ball. His initial shot was saved only for the ball to come back out and roll past the Tottenham keeper again to spark more wild celebrations from the travelling support.

Immediately after the Hammers had made the scoreline more comfortable for themselves, Allardyce made a second change as Mohamed Diame was brought off in place of James Collins.

If a team is going to beat one of their rivals then they might as well do it in style - and they did just that. The Irons went further in front when Diame beat two defenders before setting up Morrison, who produced a superb solo run and buried the ball in the back of the net and register his first away goal for the club. By this time, an unexpected result was becoming a reality!

On 86 minutes, Big Sam made his second change as he introduced Cole in place of Vaz Te.

Downing could have scored a fourth goal as the clock approached the 90 minute mark, but his curling effort came back off the crossbar.

As the game entered its closing stages, Allardyce then made a second change as Noble was replaced by O'Brien.

Four minutes of injury time was signalled but Tottenham could not find a goal. A perfect afternoon for the Hammers was ended when the final whistle was greeted by cheers from the away end as they tasted victory at White Hart Lane for the first time since 1999.

Premier League action now takes a break for the Internationals but, when it returns, the Hammers face another tough looking game when Manchester City arrive in East London for the evening kick-off on 19 October.

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