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Friday, 5th May 2017

West Ham United 1
Tottenham Hotspur 0

by David Fletcher


Surely the most memorable performance that the West Ham's new London Stadium has seen?

It was weeks in the making, everyone was talking about derailing Tottenham's title hopes at the London Stadium on a Friday night and although it was very optimistic, it's happened.




A gutsy show from everyone in the West Ham team from front to back granted them an invaluable three points that sees them climb the table, all the way up to ninth in the Premier League. A good time perhaps to take advantage of the Netbet Bonus Code, perhaps?

Even though it was Tottenham with most of the ball West Ham took the game to Spurs and eventually found the net with little less than half-an-hour to go, putting them in the driving seat and allowing them the freedom to sit back and rely on the counter attack.




On one or two occassions Slaven Bilic's side managed to hit the visitors on the counter, yet nothing came from it. Nevertheless the boys managed to strike a hammer blow to Spurs's title hopes and clinch the three points.



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Player Ratings

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
We wouldn't be celebrating tonight's victory if it weren't for AdriŠn's performance between the sticks. He made two or three crucial saves when the scores were still level.


Sam Byram
Once again showing glimpses of what he could be. Bags of quality and energy in attack and defence, but just lacking that cutting edge going forward.


Aaron Cresswell
He's failed to impress countless times this season but today he produced some vital blocks and clearances. Also provided the cross that led to Manu's breakthrough goal.


James Collins
Always there to clear the danger. One of those many consistent performances we've witnessed from 'Ginge' in the past few weeks.


Jose Fonte
Seems to be getting better every time he wears the Claret and Blue colours. Good on the ball and never affraid to get stuck in.


Winston Reid
Never put a foot wrong. Plenty of clean tackles and good clearances. Always trying to drive Harry Kane out wide and forever forcing him to have his back to goal.


Mark Noble
Eyebrows were raised when Bilic threw 'Nobes' back in the side after a couple of consistent performances by Nordtveit, yet he proved the doubters wrong with immense work rate and perfect balance between attack and defence. The leader that West Ham needed to push the victory over the line.


Cheikhou Kouyate
Forever looking to play the ball out of danger. He was the perfect man to link attack and defence and once again produced a stellar performance.


Andre Ayew
Another plausible performance from the Ghanaian. Working tirelessly and encouraging everyone to press. His skill, pace and presence on the field will be a key factor next season.


Manuel Lanzini
Well what can you say... He's different class. He makes things happen out of nowhere, turns defence into attack with one drop of the shoulder. His pace and intelligence unlocks defences. A massive goal that set West Ham on their way to a crucial three points. More than deserved his MOTM award.


Jonathan Calleri
Not the most loved man within the West Ham faithful but he put in a very respectable shift today. Although in the first half he was lazy tracking back and took the sting out of attacks on various occassions, he ran himself into the ground in the second period, winning over many fans and gaining a standing ovation when substituted.


Substitutes


Robert Snodgrass
(Replaced Ayew) Provided that extra ounce of energy that the Hammers needed to see the victory through.


Ashley Fletcher
(Replaced Calleri) See above!


Edimilson Fernandes
(Replaced Lanzini) Although we saw very little of him today he played his part in running the clock down!


Darren Randolph
Did not play.


Havard Nordtveit
Did not play.


Sofiane Feghouli
Did not play.


Declan Rice
Did not play.



Match Facts

Referee: Anthony Taylor.

Attendance: 56,992.

Man of the Match: Manuel Lanzini.

West Ham United

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo, Sam Byram, Aaron Cresswell, James Collins, Jose Fonte, Winston Reid, Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate, Andre Ayew, Manuel Lanzini, Jonathan Calleri.

Goals: Manuel Lanzini 66                  .

Booked: Mark Noble 16 Winston Reid 38 Manuel Lanzini 66 Sam Byram 71    .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Tottenham Hotspur

Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Wanyama, Dier, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane.

Substitutes:  Trippier (Walker 80), Dembele (Vertonghen 67), Janssen (Wanyama 73).

Subs not used: Vorm, NíKoudou, Sissoko, Wimmer.

Goals: None.

Booked: Walker (12), Tripper (90+4).

Sent Off: None sent off.

 
David Fletcher's Man of the Match: Manuel Lanzini


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