Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 West Ham United 

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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Player Ratings

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
Little chance with any of the four goals - but did make a couple of great saves to prevent further embarrassment.

Carl Jenkinson
Pretty woeful. Responsible for at least one goal.

Aaron Cresswell
I'll just copy last week's match notes - "A bit off the pace all afternoon".

Winston Reid
Unusually poor and lost Toby Alderweireld for Spurs' second goal.

James Tomkins
Terrible error for Tottenham's third goal when he received the ball from Adrian and passed it straight to Christian Eriksen. Surely facing being dropped after his Watford error too.

Cheikhou Kouyate
Unusually ineffective in the centre of the park. Nearly scored with a crafty bicycle kick that crashed back off the bar.

Mark Noble
A fifth yellow card of the season means he'll miss next week's clash with Albion. Which is probably a good thing right now.

Victor Moses
Barely involved, a very quiet game.

Manuel Lanzini
Found it tough as Dimitri Payet's replacement in the centre of the park. Still managed to do what none of our strikers did though and found the back of the net late on.

Diafra Sakho
Anonymous out wide on the irhgt in order to accomodate Andy Carroll. A poor tactical choice from Slaven Bilic.

Andy Carroll
Not in the races at all. Still looking less than fully match fit and probably better employed as an impact sub right now.


Mauro Zarate
(Replaced Moses, 62) About as effeective as the man he replaced.

Nikica Jelavic
(Replaced Carroll, 62) Utterly anonymous. One wonders what Michail Antonio has to do to get a game.

Alex Song
(Replaced Noble, 79) Great to see him back. Tidy enough for the final few minutes.

Raphael Spiegel
Did not play.

Angelo Ogbonna
Did not play.

Reece Oxford
Did not play.

Michael Antonio
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Cresswell, Winston Reid, James Tomkins, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble, Victor Moses, Manuel Lanzini, Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll.

Goals: Manuel Lanzini 86                  .

Booked: Mark Noble 66 Diafra Sakho 74        .

Sent off: None.

Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Son Heung-Min, Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane.

Subs not used: Michel Vorm, Andros Townsend, Kieran Trippier, Ben Davies .

Goals: Harry Kane (23, 50), Toby Alderweireld (33), Kyle Walker (83).

Booked: Dele Alli (66).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Anthony Taylor.

Attendance: 35,968.

Man of the Match: Manuel Lanzini.