Tottenham squander one other lead as Ward-Prowse seals win for West Ham

Tottenham squander one other lead as Ward-Prowse seals win for West Ham

One other recreation, one other lead earned and one other failure to win. In 5 consecutive Premier League matches Tottenham have gone forward and each time they’ve thrown it away.

It isn’t that they’re taking part in badly. For a lot of this encounter in opposition to West Ham there was a way of when, or what number of, they’d rating.

However, barring Cristian Romero’s early header, they didn’t. And when Jarrod Bowen and James Ward-Prowse struck within the second half for the guests, they paid the last word worth. Three house league defeats in succession for the primary time since 2008 and extra inquiries to reply.

For the primary time throughout his reign, Ange Postecoglou had discovered himself on the receiving finish of some criticism of late – albeit from afar somewhat than those that truly spend their cash to attend video games in north London.

A ten-game unbeaten run to kick off the season had given option to a winless streak of 4 previous to this and, regardless of a prolonged record of absentees, questions from some quarters across the knowledge of his relentless, however thrilling, attacking strategy.

Not that he, nor the overwhelming majority of the membership’s followers, had been within the slightest bit involved. Romero’s return from a three-match ban meant Postecoglou was not less than in a position to usher in a type of lacking faces, with Pierre-Emile Højbjerg the one different addition to the facet that gallantly earned a 3-3 draw at Manchester Metropolis final weekend.

The woes of West Ham’s supporters have stemmed much less from outcomes and extra from the strategy below David Moyes. At greatest it could be described as pragmatic – incomes development to the Europa League knockout stage and a spot within the prime half of the Premier League; at worst it’s tough to disclaim the sense that it’s simply uninteresting.

Cristian Romero celebrates after his first-half header provides Spurs the lead in opposition to West Ham. {Photograph}: Ian Kington/IKIMAGES/AFP/Getty Photographs

Loud boos had greeted Moyes’s facet on the finish of their lifeless 1-1 draw at house to Crystal Palace and there’s a rising part of the help base that may now not abdomen the shortage of spark on present, whatever the factors it would earn.

The guests welcomed again their captain, Kurt Zouma, after his household’s horrific housebreaking ordeal, whereas Lukasz Fabianski made his first league begin of the season rather than the injured Alphonse Areola.

Having endeared himself to the house followers with an early slip in sheeting rain, one in every of Fabianski’s first duties was to look at Romero’s looping header arc its manner into the highest nook. Simply 11 minutes had gone when the Argentinian muscled his manner between West Ham defenders to nod house Pedro Porro’s nook.

That West Ham survived till half-time with out conceding additional betrayed the whole dominance of Postecoglou’s facet, whose slick interaction and fast development up the pitch rendered West Ham’s attacking gamers out of date for giant swathes.

It was all of the guests may do besides the ball into opposition territory for a momentary breather earlier than weathering the following wave. Possession? Not on the premise of this primary half.

But for all that the hosts had been in a position to dictate proceedings, Fabianski was largely untroubled once more earlier than half-time, past beating away a powerful long-range drive from Giovani Lo Celso and punching one other cross from the Argentinian to security as Ben Davies lay in wait. The closest Spurs got here to doubling their lead got here courtesy of a Zouma interception which ricocheted in opposition to the skin of the submit.

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Jarrod Bowen fires West Ham’s equaliser past the Tottenham keeper Guglielmo Vicario.
Jarrod Bowen fires West Ham’s equaliser past the Tottenham keeper Guglielmo Vicario. Photograph: Rob Newell/CameraSport/Getty Images

In West Ham’s only notable chance of the half, minutes before the break, Lucas Paquetá wasted a pinpoint Mohammed Kudus cross to head meekly wide when unmarked.

That the visitors were level within seven minutes of the restart owed much to a huge dose of good fortune. A speculative Kudus crack from range ricocheted first off Romero and then Davies straight into the path of the unwitting Bowen, who could not believe his luck, presented the ball with the goal at his mercy. He duly smashed it past Guglielmo Vicario to give West Ham unlikely cheer.

For Tottenham fans there was a sense of deja vu at watching yet another lead fade. Things were starting to feel all too familiar to their last home game against Aston Villa where they were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal and ended up losing 2-1.

That feeling only grew when Richarlison’s first act after coming off the substitutes’ bench was to head a Porro cross wide from six yards with the goal gaping.

Then it happened; the type of moment that encourages opposition supporters to use that yawningly dull phrase “Spursy”, which has no real place under the Postecoglou regime.

Under minimal pressure, Destiny Udogie self-imploded by playing a woefully underhit back pass to Vicario, whose only option was to hare out and push the ball clear with Bowen bearing down on him.

Presented with the opportunity to shoot as the goalkeeper lay on the floor, Ward-Prowse’s initial effort hit the post, only to rebound straight back for him to pass into an empty net.

Despite increasingly urgent pleas from the home supporters, Spurs could find no way back to salvage even a point.

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