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Tottenham 4-1 West Ham United

Filed: Sunday, 22nd November 2015
By: Staff Writer

West Ham fell to their worst derby day defeat against Spurs since March 2008 after going down 4-1 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.

Alan Curbishley was still in charge when a ten-man West Ham lost 4-0 at the Lane seven years ago - and Slaven Bilic suffered a similar fate today as his team were convincingly outplayed by an in-form Spurs unbeaten in the Premier League since the opening day of the campaign.

To give them due credit, our hosts were excellent in front of their own fans although West Ham hardly helped their cause by consistently gifting the ball to the opposition - none more so obviously than when James Tomkins followed up his err at Watford three weeks ago by gifting possession to the opposition.

What must Angelo Ogbonna, who only six months ago was sitting on the bench at the Champions League Final, be thinking?

The only surprise was that it took Tottenham 23 minutes to take the lead, that coming when Harry Kane took advantage of a fortuitous ricochet to smash the ball beyond a helpless Adrian from only six yards out.

West Ham could have equalised within 60 seconds, but Cheik Kouyate's impromptu bicycle kick cannoned back off the woodwork - fortunately for the hosts, despite the Senegal international having been clearly offside at the time.

It was 2-0 to Spurs just after the half hour mark when Winston Reid made an uncharacteristic mistake, allowing former Hammers target Toby Alderweireld to escape his attentions at a corner and nod home unopposed.

And it could have been three just a couple of minutes later but for the intervention of Adrian, who forced Son Heung-Min's effort onto the crossbar.

Another goal appeared inevitable and the home side added a third just four minutes into the second period, when Harry Kane doubled his tally for the day by firing home from the edge of the penalty area after being supplied by Christian Eriksen who had taken advantage of James Tomkins' dreadful clearance.

By that stage Spurs were rampant whilst the Hammers were being totally outplayed. Their fourth and goal arrived seven minutes ahead of the end of normal time when Kyle Walker, a full back by trade took advantage of further poor defending to fire home a fourth from inside West Ham's penalty area with the defence at sixes and sevens.

There was to be a consolation - if you can call it that - for West Ham on 86 minutes when Manuel Lanzini, who had been moved into a more central position in order to replace the missing Dimitri Payet smashed home his fourth Premier League goal of the campaign.

But few players celebrated the strike - and it was much the same story in the stands where the travelling faithful watch on collectively bemused by such a poor performance.

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