West Ham 1-3 Tottenham: Son Heung-Min’s brace and Fernando Llorente’s volley see Mauricio Pochettino’s side through into the quarter-finals of Carabao Cup
- Tottenham overcame West Ham to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday
- Son Heung-Min broke the deadlock for the visitors after Dele Alli put him through on the West Ham goal
- The South Korean doubled the lead for Mauricio Pochettino’s men after Arthur Masuaku failed to stop a break
- Lucas Perez gave the Hammers a lifeline with 20 minutes left as the Spaniard headed home from a corner
- Fernando Llorente restored Spurs’ two-goal lead as he volleyed a corner seconds before being subbed off
Nothing lifts the gloom over Tottenham quite like a win over West Ham.
Defeat against Manchester City on Monday, not for the first time this season, raised questions marks over Tottenham’s staying power.
Two days later, they are in the League Cup quarter-finals, courtesy of two goals from Heung-min Son and another from Fernando Llorente.
A smiling Son Heung-Min celebrates with the Tottenham fans after putting his side 2-0 up in the second half on Wednesday
The 25-year-old rounded Adrian to finish easily and give the visitors a commanding lead with over half an hour left
Son bagged his brace either side of half-time as he proved a handful for the Hammers defence on Wednesday evening
Son shows off his Tottenham badge towards the away fans after scoring his second goal against West Ham in the Carabao Cup
Son Heung-Min fires a powerful shot into the West Ham net to break the deadlock at the London Stadium on Wednesday night
The South Korean forward is congratulated by team-mate Fernando Llorente after scoring the opening goal for Spurs
The 26-year-old clenches his fist in celebration after giving Spurs the lead at the London Stadium in the Carabao Cup clash
MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS
WEST HAM: (4-2-3-1) Adrian 6; Fredericks 6, Diop 6.5, Ogbonna 5.5, Masuaku 5; Obiang 6 (Perez 58, 7), Rice 6.5; Diangana 7, Anderson 5 (Snodgrass 46, 6), Antonio 6; Hernandez 6 (Arnautovic 58, 6.5)
SUBS NOT USED: Fabianski (GK); Balbuena, Coventry, Powell
GOALS: Perez (71)
COACH: Manuel Pellegrini 6.5
TOTTENHAM: (4-2-3-1) Gazzaniga 6.5; Aurier 6.5, Sanchez 6.5, Foyth 7, Walker-Peters 6; Wanyama 6.5, Winks 7; Son 8, Alli 7.5 (N’Koudou 63, 6), Eriksen 7.5 (Skipp 84); Llorente 7 (Sissoko 77)
SUBS NOT USED: Vorm (GK); Eyoma, Marsh, Lucas
GOALS: Son (17, 54); Llorente (75)
COACH: Mauricio Pochettino 7.5
REFEREE: Stuart Attwell 6.5
MAN OF THE MATCH: Son Heung-Min
VENUE: The London Stadium
Crisis? What crisis? Of course, Mauricio Pochettino has far bigger fish to fry this season.
But a chance to end Tottenham’s long trophy drought is edging closer. All in all, a satisfying night’s work for the Tottenham boss.
All this after Pochettino emphatically illustrated precisely where the Carabao Cup lies in his list of priorities by making 10 changes from the team that started Monday’s home loss to Pep Guardiola’s men.
So, too, did the usually immaculately dressed Argentine in his choice of attire; Pochettino swapping his usual match-day suit for a tracksuit.
Yet the strength of Tottenham’s starting XI that included Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, who were continuing their returns from muscular injuries, as well as Harry Winks and Son underlines the strength of Tottenham’s squad.
Much has been made of Tottenham’s fruitless summer transfer window. On this evidence, the room for improvement to their squad is marginal.
Pochettino, of course, will argue it’s the marginal differences that wins you trophies.
Manuel Pellegrini was far more conservative in his team selection; making five changes from Saturday’s draw at Leicester.
And the tragic events following the clash at the King Power Stadium were respected ahead of kick off as former West Ham striker Tony Cottee ex-Tottenham captain Ledley King laid wreaths in memory of Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the passengers and crew on board who died in Saturday’s fateful helicopter crash.
Lucas Perez gave West Ham a lifeline when he headed home a corner to make the score 2-1 with 20 minutes remaining
The Spanish striker hurries his side back to the centre circle to get the game restarted as West Ham looked for an equaliser
Fernando Llorente restored Tottenham’s two-goal lead as he volleyed home a corner shortly before coming off
The Spanish striker smiles as he is congratulated by Mauricio Pochettino after being subbed off straight after his goal
Thankfully for Spurs, their players didn’t share the apparent apathy their manager holds for this competition as they sped in to a 16th minute lead.
The goal was dripping with incision; the finish was brutally unerring. When Eriksen fizzed a pass into Alli’s feet, the England international had his work cut out in even trying to control the ball.
But somehow Alli conjured a genius first-time flicked pass into Son, who fired past Adrian into the top left corner.
Pellegrini will point to Angelo Ogbonna’s poor clearance in the build up to Son’s strike. But that shouldn’t detract from sheer quality of Spurs’ opener.
Spurs were worthy of their early advantage, not that West Ham were helping themselves.
Tottenham’s back-up goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga is forced to deny Javier Hernandez to keep Spurs in front before the break
Davinson Sanchez (left) and Michail Antonio (right) battle for possession during an action-packed first half in east London
Wasteful in possession, they looked a shadow of the side that have improved significantly in recent weeks following their awful start to the season.
Wayward passes were met with groans from the home support, who simply hate losing to that lot from north London. In contrast, Tottenham’s visiting support were enjoying every moment.
Yet the Hammers weren’t without their opportunities, Paulo Gazzaniga stopped Michail Antonio’s effort before Javier Hernandez missed two decent chances to level before the break.
Indeed, there were growing signs of positivity towards the end of the half that for the Hammers; academy graduate Grady Diangana looking particularly impressive.
There were more promising signs at the start of the second period, Antonio again denied by Gazzaniga after a powerful run down the left.
Issa Diop (No 23) out-jumps Fernando Llorente for a header as Tottenham have to defend a corner in the first half
Ryan Fredericks (left) looks to whip a ball into the box but is met with pressure from Davinson Sanchez for Tottenham
But eight minutes after the restart Tottenham struck a brutal blow to double their advantage.
The formula was identical. Alli into Son, who fired home. But in this instance the Korean owed his gratitude to Hammers defender Arthur Masuaku, who made a complete hash of his attempt to clear Alli’s pass to allow Son all the time he needed to round Adrian and fire home.
That was enough for some Hammers fans, who immediately headed for the exit.
Pellegrini, who’d already introduced Robert Snodgrass in place of Felipe Anderson at half-time, sent for the cavalry in the shape of Marko Arnautovic and Lucas Perez in hope of a riposte.
And in fairness to the Hammers, they threw the kitchen sink at Tottenham and hauled themselves back into the game in the 71st minute when Perez nodded home at the back post to set up a grandstand finish.
But Fernando Llorente volleyed home Eriksen’s cross just four minutes later to see Tottenham home.
Michail Antonio (No 30) curls a shot towards the Tottenham goal as the hosts look to get themselves back in the game
Serge Aurier (left) and Declan Rice (right) battle for possession as Spurs attack down the wings at the London Stadium
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