Spurs Make Hammers Suffer Again
By Tom Dowsett
Thursday 01 Nov 2018 15:35:00
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Tottenham Hotspur have had a busy week but that didn't stop them knocking West Ham United out of the Carabao Cup, as they returned to Stratford after eleven days to defeat the Irons 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Issa Diop, Declan Rice, Arthur Masuaku, Felipe Anderson, Grady Diangana, Javier Hernández and  retained their places from Saturday's trip to Leicester City. 

Adrián replaced Lukasz Fabianski in goal and was named as captain just as he was in the previous round against Macclesfield Town, while Robert Snodgrass and Fabián Balbuena dropped to the bench.

Angelo Ogbonna also came into the defence in place of Pablo Zabaleta and Michail Antonio filled in for the suspended Mark Noble. 

Pedro Obiang was welcomed back into the starting line-up after missing since the start of the month with injury and he had the first opening for the Hammers but he sent his effort over the bar.

Mauricio Pochettino's men thought they had grabbed the early advantage but the hosts were relieved when referee Stuart Attwell disallowed the goal for offside.

They didn't remain level for too much longer, as Son Heung-min put the visitors in front after Fernando Llorente intercepted and played in Dele Alli and his flick was met by the South Korean to give the loyal home support a sense of déjà vu.

The home side then went searching for an equaliser and could have found it on two occasions through Antonio.

He went close but his attempt was blocked and away for a corner, while it was a similar story with his second effort, as Juan Foyth was in the way.

Very little happened from a West Ham point of view in the first-half but having said that, another two chances passed them by before the interval. Hernández couldn't quite release the ball after getting into a promising position and minutes later, the Hammers sent in a set-piece which didn't even trouble visiting goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

Being behind to Spurs was why the majority inside the stadium were none too happy at half-time but in all honesty, their team probably had one eye on Saturday's crucial encounter with Burnley.

Manuel Pellegrini used one of his three changes during the break, as he replaced Anderson with Snodgrass.

The thought of losing consecutive home games to their fierce rivals was not even worth thinking about for West Ham and for that reason, they really stepped up the tempo in the early stages of the second-half.

It was a case of close but no cigar though, as Antonio was keen to try his luck again but you got the feeling that nothing was coming off for him when he was once again met by Foyth and minutes later, Tottenham were soon back in the ascendancy.

Missing those chances came back to haunt West Ham as the visitors went further ahead on 54 minutes and it was a second of the night for Son Heung-min. This time, a ball from Christian Eriksen was deflected into his path via Masuaku and the striker had time as well as acres of space to calmly place the ball past Adrián.

The West Ham manager decided to shuffle his pack again and made a double change, as he introduced Lucas Pérez and Marko Arnautovic in place of Obiang and Hernández.

The Hammers were trying everything they could to pull a goal back and after missing a succession of opportunities but Pérez finally thumped the ball home after meeting a corner from Snodgrass with nineteen minutes left.

It wasn't long before Spurs put the game beyond any doubt, as Llorente made sure of a quarter-final place for the travelling fans with an excellent volley which gave Adrián no chance.

Even though the Irons had opportunities to ensure a close finish, they were unable to take any of them, meaning it has been a winless October for the club.

Pellegrini will be hoping that November is the start of better things with the visit of Sean Dyche's Clarets first up on Saturday afternoon.

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