West Ham United (Away)
Premier League

Saturday 25th September 2010

With the last W game for a while, Spurs wander into the Boleyn Ground with a weight of expectation on their shoulders following the weekend's win over Wolverhampton Wanderers and the failure to win against the Woolwich Wanderers in mid week.

Having featured the fringe players and some youngsters against Arsenal, it will be interesting to find out who Harry is going to play against West Ham United.  Some of the more experienced players will be drafted back into the side, while player such as Sandro might well take a place on the bench should he have recovered from the League Cup tie.

As for our East London opponents, it has been a torrid start to the season with their only victories coming in the League Cup against Oxford United 1-0 at home and 2-1 away at Sunderland.  The team are very reliant on Scott Parker, who drives them on from midfield and despite being targeted by Spurs has chosen to sign a new five year deal with the Irons.  His influential effect on the side is similar to that of Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and both clubs find themselves in the bottom five at the moment.

Parker has the likes of the injury prone Kieron Dyer, who has been playing and playing reasonably well, veteran Luis Boa Morte, who can be guaranteed a card from the ref and Radoslav Kovac.  With Behrami out injured and the pacy Hines also missing, with Thomas "The Hammer" Hitzelsperger also sidelined, the options are a little limited, but the trick is to get the mix right and with ball winners in there and a player who can create, it might be enough to try and counter the Spurs midfield.  It depends who is fit for Tottenham, but Huddlestone will be back and Jenas is playing to a good level at the moment, so van der Vaart's presence, if fit, will give them a point to the diamond and allow him to roam just behind the front two.  Mexican Pablo Barrera might also play and add some width to the middle of the team and Mark Noble is a dynamic midfielder, who tackles and can get forward, but has been on the bench of late. 

In attack, West Ham can field Carlton Cole, who has been playing below the level of last season and his goals are a key to the Irons moving up the table.  Strong and capable of scoring out of nothing, Cole is a handful and Ledley King's return might be required to marshal him away from goal.  Freddie Piquionne was brought in from Portsmouth and produced a miss of the season against and another newcomer - loanee Victor Obinna, coming over for the season from Internazionale - has proved he has a good shot on him and will be willing to prove that Inter were wrong to let him go.  We should not forget the not insignificant figure of Benni McCarthy, who has apparently lost the weight he got fined for ... although it wouldn't be hard to fined him !!  A good goal scorer, but one who has not played a regular part in the side at West Ham or Blackburn for a good couple of years.

The defence will be made up of a combination of Daniel Gabbidon, Tal Ben Haim, James Tomkins, Herita Ilunga and Matthew Upson.  Ben Haim is likely to start as he is a favourite of Avram Grant and has been playing well, getting forward to support the attack as well as defending, while Upson is a likely starter too, although not in such good form, looking shaken by his omission from the England squad.  Ilunga works the line and knows how to defend, while Gabbidon and Tomkins are both good central defenders, but have not been playing regularly.   Jacobsen has come in and played full back, so might retain his place, while Manuel Da Costa is a rugged defender who is a player who has been selected in the back four recently and can also move up-field to add his height to the attack.

Grant has to choose from Rob Green or Marek Stetch in goal.  Green's confidence is shot at the moment and the manager might choose to go with the Czech in goal after a good performance at Sunderland.  They also have the absurdly named Ruud Boffin, who is a Belgian keeper, but he won't start, but will brought in if things don't work out.

Spurs should go into the game with some players refreshed, while West Ham had a long trip and played a number of their first choice players, although they will be more confident after the win.  Spurs have been stuttering along in the league, but have been better away from home, so they could achieve anything in terms of a result, as they are dependant on who decides to perform in the match.

With West Ham desperate for the points and Spurs needing to keep in touch at the top, this London derby could end in a draw ...

PREDICTION : -    West Ham United    1      Tottenham Hotspur    1

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WEST HAM UNITED :  - Veron Behrami (out - calf); Peter Kurucz (out - knee); Thomas Hitzlsperger (out - hip); Zavon Hines (out - knee); Jack Collison (out- knee); - (-); - (-);

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Younes Kaboul (out - hamstring); Vedran Corluka (possible - back); Rafael van der Vaart (doubtful - calf); Jermain Defoe (out - ankle), Michael Dawson (out - knee & ankle), Jonathan Woodgate (out - groin), Jamie O'Hara (out - back); Luka Modric (possible - shin); William Gallas (doubtful - match fitness/calf); Ledley King (doubtful - knee); Benoit Assou-Ekotto (doubtful - knee); - (-); 


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West Ham United   1    Tottenham Hotspur   0     (Half-time score : 1-0)

Premier League
Venue :  -  Upton Park
Saturday 25th September 2010
Kick Off :  3.00 p.m.
Crowd :   34,190
Referee :  Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
Spurs kicked off and played towards the South Bank end in the first half.
Weather :  -  Sunny, dry
Teams : - 
West Ham United :

  1  Green

  4  Gabbidon
22  Da Costa
15  Upson
37  Jacobsen

  7  Dyer  (12  Barrera 42)
  8  Parker 
13  Boa Morte     
16  Noble

30  Piquionne  (  9  Cole 68     )
33  Obinna  (14  Kovac 89)

Unused subs: 
  3  Ben Haim
20  Faubert
17  McCarthy

Tottenham Hotspur :

23  Cudicini

  3  Bale
19  Bassong
22  Corluka
  2  Hutton

  6  Huddlestone
14  Modric
  8  Jenas
11  van der Vaart  (17  dos Santos 78)
  7  Lennon  (10  Keane 66)

15  Crouch  (  9  Pavlyuchenko 80)

Unused subs: 
37  Pletikosa
12  Palacios
21  Kranjcar
30  Sandro

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
West Ham United

wjite shirts with navy trim,

  Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
West Ham United

Piquionne 29

Tottenham Hotspur


Cards : -  
West Ham United

Boa Morte (foul) 38 
Cole (not returning ball) 90 


Tottenham Hotspur  




Match Report : -  
West Ham haven't won in five Premier league games ?  Well, what did you expect when they met Spurs realistically ?   Having already lost to Wigan who had ten goals smacked past them in their first two games, perhaps this result was a bit of a foregone conclusion and losing 0-1 was not so unexpected after all.

Tottenham made ten changes form the side that lost to Arsenal in the League Cup, while West Ham brought in a couple of players they had rested.  With players coming back from injury too, it marked a return without match practice that might have also added to the fluidity and some unfamiliarity for Tottenham.

West Ham started like a train and dominated the opening twenty minutes of the match.  While Spurs managed to get a hold of the ball for a while and have some shots on goal, the Tottenham goal was the one more under threat during this spell.  Corluka fitted in alongside Bassong as a centre half, while Hutton and Bale were the full backs, giving an attacking bent to the defence.  Modric returned to partner van der Vaart, with Huddlestone, Jenas and Lennon making up a five with just Crouch up front.

The tactic back-fired on Harry Redknapp and it is perhaps time to go back to 4-4-2, as this might give the opposition more problems.  The ball keeps coming back towards our goal when our moves break down or we try to find Crouch up front, it just gets picked off.  Victor Obinna hit a shot across goal, Rafael responded with a free-kick that was deflected wide off the wall before injury prone Kieron Dyer had three shots that failed to unduly trouble Cudicini.  The Nigerian striker Obinna had another go, this time from distance, but Bassong's block made sure the ball had little chance of beating the Spurs keeper by the time it got to him.

Just before the 15th minute, Jermaine Jenas struck a rising shot that Robert Green managed to keep out with a strong hand, as the ball seemed to be heading for the top corner and then six minutes later, Luka spread the ball wide to Lennon, quickly turning the ball just inside for van der Vaart to strike a shot that was going in under the bar before Green dived to palm the ball out.  The Dutchman then hit a shot across the goal that missed the far post by a yard as he ran to the edge of the box, but in the 29th minute, it all went the other way.

One of many corners West Ham won in the first half was crossed into the box by Noble and getting away from Corluka, Piquionne managed to rise in the middle of the goal and head the ball in at the far post, where Spurs failed to station a man to stop such an event.  A training ground routine that lead to a goal which should have been worked on at other training grounds to stop.

Spurs were under the cosh and Lars Jacobsen made an uncontested run into the right side of the Spurs box, firing his shot wide, when one on target might have troubled Cudicini and then Scott Parker burst down the left side of the penalty box, with Corluka's sliding tackle doing enough to keep him from getting a shot on goal. 

Six minutes from half time, Tottenham tried to hit back and it was Lennon who skipped away from two opponents on the right to pull a cross back to the penalty area, where Modric struck a bouncing ball well and it was going inside Green's right hand post until he managed to get a touch on the ball and it bounced back off the underside of the bar, hit the West Ham keeper on the back and then went off for a corner before he could drag it back.  Bale broke a couple of minutes later, with a piercing run down the left and he found the Dutch midfielder at the near post, where his header was blocked by Green. 

After Kieron Dyer had made his usual exit from the game with an injury, Spurs had a few chances, with Crouch having a shot blocked and putting a Hutton cross over the bar with his head, then van der Vaart brought a block out of Noble to stop his shot, while at the other end Obinna hastily shot across the face of goal.

At half-time, you hoped that Harry would stir them up as he had done last week and while the attacking intent was better in the second half, Spurs showed their old failing of not being able to break teams down with sufficient guile to make very good goal-scoring chances.  Five minutes in, a Bale cross was half-cleared by Da Costa and Hud was on it in a flash and struck a shot that looked like it might test Green, but it hit Crouch on the back and while the deflection confused the keeper, it only took it over the top.

Five minutes later, Huddlestone had an even better opportunity, when Hutton waited to play him through and from an onside position he got beyond the back line on the right hand side of the area, took the ball past Green, but lost his bearings and thought he had to shoot early, rushing it and putting it wide of the post on his side of the goal.  Crouch was free in the middle if Tom had taken a quick look up. 

Spurs were enjoying a period of possession, but could not open up the ranks of the West Ham defence, losing the width on both sides, when Lennon moved to the left to join Bale.  When West Ham did get up the other end, Upson rose highest for a corner but couldn't keep his header down, while he was in action at the other end as he got in the way of shots from JJ and Rafael.

65 minutes in, Carlo Cudicini had to be sharp to dive to his right, when Obinna out-muscled Hutton and hit a low shot that was going in at the foot of the post.  Substitute Carlton Cole had a shot go wide before Mark Noble took a cleared corner and moved it to his right before hitting a shot that looked goal-bound, until Cudicini dived up to touch the drive over the bar in the 74th minute.  Jenas played a one-two with Keane and the midfielder ran into the left corner of the box, but hurried his shot, which fell somewhere between a shot across goal and a cross in front of Crouch at the far post a couple of minutes later.

Dos Santos came on for van der Vaart, but his introduction failed to spark much of a revival.  His World Cup form seems to have deserted him and while a lot of Spurs fans want him to do well, his lack of success might mean he will move on.

With Crouch coming off for Pavlyuchenko to replace him, you hoped that there would be more link-up play.  Spurs did pick up a few free-kicks, but failed to make much of any of them and it was only when Keane was played in with five minutes left that anything like a clear chance presented itself.  Unfortunately, Robbie had to take it first time and unlike Tuesday night, this time, his weak shot curled straight into Green's arms rather than through Fabianski's.

Added time was run down by West Ham, as they took the ball into the corner and won some free-kicks, which was enough to maintain their 1-0 lead until the final whistle.  Spurs had huffed and puffed, with the Champions League game on Wednesday in mind, were probably not playing at full tilt.  The balance between league points and Champions League progress has to be weighed up.  If we don't finish fourth again, then there won't be Champions League next season.

Chopping and changing the side will have a detrimental effect on the side until they get used to it.  One of the things that helped last season was having a core of players who played regularly.  The early exit from the League Cup might help in the long run, but the lack of consistency in the league might come back to bite Spurs too.

purcell cole


Fan Reaction : -



I won't detract from West Ham's win, as they deserved it, being more up for the game from the start and it seems that Avram Grant might have the evil eye over us now !!

However, I must raise a point about Vedran Corluka.  Only 24 he might be, but he is slow, hasn't learned how to shepherd a ball out of play, doesn't know when to find row Z and is not a centre-half.  Is there still time for him to learn ?  Well, with no reserve team, it is necessary to have players who can do a job and it is a shame that Steven Caulker was tired after Tuesday's game, as his presence as a proper centre-half might have been a better option.

Harry's tactics are getting found out a bit, with Arsenal and West Ham outsmarting him in consecutive games.  Taking the game to the home sides, this was the tactic that won us lots of points away from home last season.  Other sides have found out that Spurs can't break them down, so will pack their defences in the latter stages if they are leading, to protect their lead.

And have the team become victims of their own success, in that they believe some of the hype surrounding the side now they are in the Champions League.

It might be that everyone is raising their game against us now we have finished in the top four once, but that should mean we have to respond accordingly.  Otherwise, we might be without European football altogether next season.

stan chun




Other scores this weekend :
Arsenal 2 West Bromwich Albion 3 Saturday
Birmingham City 0 Wigan Athletic 0 Saturday
Blackpool 1 Blackburn Rovers 2 Saturday
Fulham 0 Everton 0 Saturday
Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2 Saturday
Manchester City 1 Chelsea 0 Saturday
Bolton Wanderers 2 Manchester United 2 Sunday
Newcastle United 1 Stoke City 2 Sunday
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Aston Villa 2 Sunday




League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Chelsea 6 5 0 1 21 2 15 +19
2 Manchester United 6 3 3 0 18 11 12 +7
3 Arsenal 6 3 2 1 16 7 11 +9
4 Manchester City 6 3 2 1 7 2 11 +5
5 Aston Villa 6 3 1 2 8 10 10 -2
6 West Bromwich Albion 6 3 1 2 8 11 10 -3
7 Fulham 6 1 5 0 7 6 8 +1
8 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 6 2 2 2 7 6 8 +1
9 Blackburn Rovers 6 2 2 2 7 7 8 0
10 Newcastle United 6 2 1 3 9 8 7 +1
11 Sunderland 6 1 4 1 7 7 7 0
12 Bolton Wanderers 6 1 4 1 9 10 7 -1
13 Birmingham City 6 1 4 1 7 8 7 -1
14 Stoke City 6 2 1 3 7 9 7 -2
15 Blackpool 6 2 1 3 9 14 7 -5
16 Liverpool 6 1 3 2 6 9 6 -3
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 6 1 2 3 7 10 5 -3
18 Wigan Athletic 6 1 2 3 2 13 5 -11
19 West Ham United 6 1 1 4 4 13 4 -9
20 Everton 6 0 3 3 4 7 3 -3



Position before the match :  5th
Position after the match :  7th
Position after the weekend :  8th


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