Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 2 West Ham United 0

Tuesday, 23rd June 2020
by Chris Wilkerson

West Ham United's return to action continues to remind their fans why absence should not make the heart grow fonder. At the still imaginatively named Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, David Moyes watched his team muster little to no threat and walk away with a second 2-0 defeat on the bounce.



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Player Ratings

Lukasz Fabianski
Did what he could reasonably well. Couldn?EUR(TM)t stop the goals. Rinse and repeat.


Ryan Fredericks
Made to look a fool by Son for the disallowed first goal. Offered nothing going forward.


Aaron Cresswell
Better than Saturday, offering some threat going forward and at no time really beaten in defence.


Issa Diop
He just looks a worse defender with Balbuena next to him. Again, he was reasonably fine, but never near good.


Fabian Balbuena
Individually, he wasn?EUR(TM)t too bad. But the defence does appear worse with him in it.


Declan Rice
His passing was a step above anyone else and he again looked frustrated by just how inept the players were around him. The best defender and arguably the best attacker in the team. There?EUR(TM)s something similar to Joe Cole in the Roeder year about him, a player who deserves to be freed of the weight on his shoulders.


Mark Noble
Now the owner of a Premier League record: he has received 11 yellow cards against Spurs in the Premier League; the most by a player for a team against a specific opponent in the competition. The advanced role seemed to leave him aimless. Some poor passing in his own half.


Tomas Soucek
Where once he was getting into the area and looking a nuisance, lately he has been too deep. He is solid, but unspectacular. The own goal was extremely unfortunate.


Pablo Fornals
He missed the big chance, took a yellow and was sloppier than usual. Not his best. Worked hard, as ever.


Jarrod Bowen
He tried to spark things, taking players on, creating the best chance of the game and always supporting his full back. He is certainly not out of his depth.


Michail Antonio
Have to feel sympathy for him. He works hard, makes defenders uncomfortable, but is a winger playing as a striker. He has always been best as the second option, without Haller (and, dare I say, without Arnautovic) he is being wasted in this team. Always full effort.



Substitutes

Manuel Lanzini
(Replaced Noble) Came on late in a team without any energy or fire. He probably should be starting above Noble but he isn?EUR(TM)t making a great case.


Felipe Anderson
(Replaced Fornals ?EUR~71) Urgency does not exist in the world of Felipe Anderson. Habit of standing still and slowing the game is increasingly frustrating.


Darren Randolph
Did not play.


Ben Johnson
Did not play.


Angelo Ogbonna
Did not play.


Jack Wilshere
Did not play.


Andriy Yarmolenko
* Other unused subs: Xande Silva, Albian Ajeti.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Aaron Cresswell, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Tomas Soucek, Pablo Fornals, Jarrod Bowen, Michail Antonio.

Goals: None.

Booked: Pablo Fornals 14 Mark Noble 25        .

Sent off: None.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Sissoko, Alli (Lamela 59), Lo Celso, Lucas (Bergwijn 71), Son (Winks 86), Kane.

Subs not used: Gazzaniga, Sessegnon, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Ndombele, Fernandes.

Goals: Soucek (og 64), Kane (82).

Booked: Kane, Davies.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Craig Pawson.

Attendance: 0.

Man of the Match: Declan Rice.