Tottenham 2-0 West Ham: Harry Kane on target as Spurs beat Hammers
Tottenham 2-0 West Ham: Harry Kane scores his first goal in 2020 and Tomas Soucek’s own goal gives Jose Mourinho his first win in eight games.
Harry Kane scored his first goal of 2020 as Tottenham secured a vital 2-0 win over West Ham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Having complained about the lack of attackers at his disposal against Manchester United, Jose Mourinho would have been delighted to welcome back Dele Alli and Lucas Moura into the side for the London derby.
West Ham was without Jeremy Ngakia, who looks to have played his last game for the club after failing to agree on a new contract, and in came Ryan Fredericks, while Felipe Anderson dropped to the bench.
Both managers would have been hoping for more energy from their players after getting a feel for the conditions last week, but the opening stages were dominated by the visitors with Michail Antonio going close.
As the half went on, Spurs grew in confidence and thought they had gone ahead when Giovani Lo Celso showed quick feet and eagle-eyed vision to find Heung-min Son, who found the bottom corner with a well-struck effort. But VAR came to West Ham’s rescue, chalking off the goal as the Korean’s left boot was offside.
That disallowed goal seemed to irk Mourinho’s side and they came out after the break attacking with purpose. But so did West Ham and chances arrived with Kane and Pablo Fornals both missing gilt-edged chances.
But the hosts made the breakthrough just past the hour mark when Lo Celso’s corner was missed by everyone and Tomas Soucek was the unfortunate party, failing to sort his feet out as the ball ricocheted off him and into the corner.
David Moyes reacted by bringing on Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini to inject some creativity into his side and they nearly found the equaliser when Anderson set up Jarrod Bowen, who cracked his effort against the outside of the post.
Four minutes later, it was game over. Antonio was caught in possession and West Ham had over-committed. Substitute Erik Lamela showed his fresh legs to burst away, hand off the ball to Son and he found Kane through the middle. Once he got ahead of Balbuena, there was no doubt how it would finish as he slotted past Fabiansk and collapsed in a heap of relief.
Tottenham eased to victory in the end – their first win since February – and now with the top four or five in sight, Europe is now a realistic target.