TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2012
REFEREE: ANDRE MARRINER
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Final score - Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 West Ham United
95 mins - West Ham have one last chance to salvage a second goal. Carroll wins the header from the free-kick, but the ball is caught low down by Lloris. When the Frenchman clears, the final whistle is blown. To be fair, Spurs deserve their victory, but West Ham didn't give up the fight and were rewarded with a maiden West Ham goal for Andy Carroll. A defeat at White Hart Lane is no disgrace. The Hammers will have to pick themselves up, dust themselves down and go again at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. Keeping things in perspective, we're more than a third of the way through the season and we're eighth.
94 mins - Spurs bring on Gylfi Sigurdsson for Defoe. It's absolutely belting it down with rain here in north London.
93 mins - Into the third of five added minutes and Bale and then Huddlestone see shots blocked.
91 mins - Defoe is beaten by O'Brien and fouled by the No18 just outside the Spurs box. No second yellow card again. Taylor's free-kick smashes into Defoe. His second cross finds Cole, whose close-range effort is somehow deflected over the top. Taylor's corner is cleared to the edge of the box and when it comes back in, Reid's header is held on the line by Lloris.
90 mins - Vertonghen's shot hits the ball and Jaaskelainen catches the cross.
89 mins - Jaaskelainen makes two decent saves in the space of ten seconds. First, he blocks Defoe's low shot, then he dives to help Bale's shot around the post for a corner. The corner is cleared, but Diame then loses the ball and commits a foul.
88 mins - Diame is fouled as he flicks the ball on but play goes on. Cole gets to the byline but his low cross is too close to Lloris. Carroll and Taylor were both lurking inside the penalty area.
85 mins - We have got a break in play as Sandro is tended to by the Spurs physio. He'll be replaced by Jake Livermore, but they are putting the Brazilian on to a stretcher first. Meanwhile, it is chucking it down with rain. I think Sandro is OK, as he high-fives Livermore on his way off, but he does have an oxygen mask on. I'm sure Spurs will confirm his condition later.
83 mins - The away fans are singing their hearts out 'Andy Carroll, he scores when he wants!'. The home fans respond with a song of their own. Good to see senses of humour are still present.
82 mins - GOAL! Carroll gets his first West Ham goal! Taylor's near post cross is cleared as far as O'Brien, who takes a touch and lofts the ball to the far post, where Carroll rises and sends a looping header over Lloris and into the net.
80 mins - Kyle Walker makes the side-netting billow with a rasping shot from wide on the right edge of the penalty area. The home side still look the more likely scorers. West Ham will have to perform better at Manchester United on Wednesday if they are to get anything at Old Trafford.
79 mins - Dembele replaces Lennon.
78 mins - Spurs are readying Mousa Dembele.
76 mins - Another half-chance for Spurs as a low cross-shot just eludes Bale on the slide.
72 mins - Carroll forces Caulker to concede a throw. It's taken by O'Brien to Carroll, who controls on his thigh, turns and shoots. Unfortunately, the effort is blocked and Spurs clear their lines again.
68 mins - Nolan is replaced by Carlton Cole. Presumably West Ham will go 4-4-2 for the remaining 20 minutes or so.
67 mins - You get the feeling West Ham want this game to end now. Another cross comes in from the right and Defoe gets a boot in front of the clearance. The ball loops into the air and Jaaskelainen is there to catch.
65 mins - Jarvis gets forward down the left and crosses for Taylor, but the ball is slightly behind the substitute. He swings his left boot at the ball and curls a shot wide of the post.
64 mins - GOAL! Spurs are playing like a team who finished fourth in the Premier League last season. Diame loses the ball in midfield to Lennon, who plays a one-two and skips past Tomkins. He is clean through but looks up and squares to Defoe, who converts from no more than ten yards. Game over.
61 mins - With half-an-hour to go, West Ham need to keep their composure. Saying that, so does Defoe, who loses the ball to Tomkins before bringing down the No5. He has already been booked, but no further action is taken. Noble lifts the free-kick in and Lloris claims above the head of Carroll.
58 mins - GOAL! Spurs get their second. Bale is the scorer with a low shot that dribbles in off the base of the post after the Wales international had latched on to Dempsey's scooped through ball. Was Bale offside?
58 mins - Spurs attack and Dempsey collects a pass in a central area before smashing a 25-yard shot that cannons back off the face of the crossbar.
57 mins - Great chance for West Ham as Taylor's lofted pass finds Nolan and he's onside. Jarvis is streaking forward to his left and he elects to square for the winger, but it's too close to the goalkeeper and Lloris dives on the ball to claim.
55 mins - Taylor replaces O'Neil. He'll play wide on the right. Hopefully his left foot can conjure a chance from a set play or a cross...
54 mins - Matt Taylor will be on shortly. First, Carroll goes down under pressure from Dawson as he challenges for Reid's free-kick.
53 mins - Spurs are in the ascendancy again as Nolan loses out on halfway and the ball is worked to Bale. He crosses and McCartney heads out. Moments later, Bale has a shot that Jaaskelainen does well to beat away diving to his right.
50 mins - A quick counter-attack sees Defoe get into space again, but his shot is blocked behind by Tomkins. Decent defending. The corner is taken short and comes to nothing.
48 mins - The corner is cleared and then Jaaskelainen catches a header when the second cross comes over. West Ham attack and Nolan's flick finds Jarvis, whose shot is blocked to safety by Walker. The throw in is lobbed to Carroll, who cuts inside on to his left foot, but blasts his shot high and wide and into the stand to ironic cheers from the home fans.
47 mins - Bale takes a run-up and does a Ronaldo-esque toe-poke that dips and serves just wide of the target. West Ham don't clear their lines from the goal kick which is taken short and Spurs win a corner.
46 mins - The game is back underway here at White Hart Lane. Within 20 seconds of the re-start, Noble gives away a free-kick within shooting range.
The stats show that Tottenham had 12 shots to West Ham's five before the break, but that in terms of on-target efforts, it was just 4-3 in the hosts' favour. West Ham are far from out of this game, that's for sure. Just to clarify one other thing, Mark Noble is now out of Wednesday's trip to Manchester United after picking up his fifth booking of the season in the first half. Today's attendance is 36,043.
Half-time score - Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 West Ham United
48 mins - That's half-time. Spurs legend Alan Gilzean is presented to the crowd. The Scot has apparently not been back since his career finished in the early 1970s, but he receives a massive welcome from the home fans.
47 mins - Bale is down after an aerial challenge. He has the physio on, but should be fine to continue. That was a real sucker-punch, that goal, as West Ham had been defending fairly well since Spurs' early barrage. That said, they have unleashed plenty of shots and saw a Bale effort hit the underside of the bar earlier. It's far from over, of course!
46 mins - Into the first of two added minutes and Diame collects a pass from Carroll, turns and fires a shot that misses the goal by miles.
45 mins - GOAL! Defoe shows why he is an England international. He pulls Reid wide right and turns away from the Kiwi before speeding past Noble and belting a low shot that flies just inside the right-hand post.
43 mins - Action at both ends in the space of 30 seconds. O'Neil's cross is cleared as far as Nolan, whose shot is blocked. The ball spins away wide left for Spurs and they break through Bale. Neither O'Brien nor Noble can risk a challenge. Bale finds Lennon square, but he belts his first-time shot wide.
42 mins - Not quite happening for Spurs in front of goal. The ball breaks to Huddlestone, but he belts his shot high and not very handsome from about 30 yards. They have definitely had the better of the game, have the hosts.
41 mins - Carroll wins yet another header, but the ball scoots off the turf ahead of Jarvis and through to Lloris.
39 mins - A foul by McCartney on Lennon gives Spurs the chance to cross from the right. Huddlestone takes and Carroll heads clear of the penalty area. Collins and Moncur are sent out for a run along the touchline. As they do, O'Brien and Tomkins both win great defensive headers inside their own penalty area.
35 mins - Bale runs across the pitch from the right wing. He beats Noble and shoots left-footed, but the ball nearly finds the upper tier of the Park Lane stand. Moments later, West Ham have broken again. Noble feeds Jarvis, but his inswinging cross is caught high above his head by Lloris.
33 mins - Defoe catches Reid late and he is booked. Reid is OK to continue. He lifts the free-kick in and Tomkins wins the header. Lloris has to move to his right to punch the ball away for a corner. Noble takes and the ball breaks to O'Neil, whose shot is blocked. West Ham work it back wide left for Noble and then McCartney, whose cross is headed goalwards by Carroll, but easily caught by Lloris.
31 mins - West Ham make an early tactical change. Maiga is replaced by Matt Jarvis. The Hammers come forward and get two crosses into the box but they are both cleared.
29 mins - Diame ends a decent attack with a shot that is blocked. The ball loops into the path of Lennon, who speeds away with McCartney and Noble in hot pursuit. The midfielder slides in and brings Lennon down. He is booked. The second yellow of the game following O'Brien's earlier on.
26 mins - Maiga is involved again. Collecting a pass from Carroll. He ignores Diame outside him and crosses low. The ball flicks off a defender's leg and loops close enough to Lloris for the goalkeeper to make the catch diving to his left.
25 mins - Carroll wins a flick-on and for a second it looks like Maiga might benefit, but Lloris is out quickly to claim.
23 mins - Dawson wins the header but it bounces away and wide of the target, from where Maiga clears. O'Neil runs the ball out to halfway, but he's on his own. McCartney rejoins the action.
22 mins - Bale is lightning and this time he comes over and runs at McCartney. The left-back gets a foot to the ball and diverts it behind for a corner. However, the concern is that McCartney has hurt himself. He has the physio over quickly, but is up on his feet 30 seconds later. Spurs have a corner...
20 mins - Sandro v Diame is a proper battle. This time the Senegal man thinks he has slid and won the ball, but the referee thinks otherwise. Anyway, West Ham clear through a Carroll header and Maiga's volley upfield.
18 mins - Sandro fouls Carroll on halfway and West Ham have a first real chance to deliver a ball into the box. Reid takes it on halfway and Carroll wins a towering header, but it loops wide of the left-hand post. Great leap from the striker, who towered above his marker.
17 mins - Walker and Defoe combine before Noble dispossesses the striker. Maiga finds O'Neil, but his through ball is too strong and Lloris can collect.
15 mins - That's better. Nolan gets into space behind the Spurs defence on the right. He crosses high, but the ball is headed away at the far post. Spurs win a throw, then break, but Dempsey is off-target with his left-foot curler. It's being played at a frenetic pace so far, this game.
14 mins - Spurs are well on top. Noble gifts possession to Bale, of all people. He runs into the space vacated by O'Brien, but then overruns the ball under pressure from Tomkins. O'Brien then concedes a throw, but Defoe fires wide from the resulting set piece.
11 mins - Wow! Bale runs at pace through the West Ham midfield before letting fly from about 25 yards. The ball cannons against the underside of the bar and bounces down about a foot in front of the line. No goal. The rebound is headed goalbound by Dempsey, but Jaaskelainen is there to make the save on his line. Moments later, Dempsey shoots again, but the Finn makes the save.
10 mins - With O'Brien on a booking already, he's going to have to be careful. He does well here, winning a sliding challenge as Bale attempts to go past him. West Ham then spring out from the back through Diame, but Walker again gets the better of Maiga.
8 mins - The ball bounces up for Nolan about 30 yards out in a central position. He tries to catch out Lloris from distance, but fails to get the loft on the ball to beat the France No1, who claims easily. Nolan is playing well in advance of his central midfield colleagues. It's almost a 4-4-1-1 formation, rather than the usual 4-3-3.
7 mins - Joey O'Brien takes out Bale as the Spurs winger runs down the left. Yellow card for the right-back. The free-kick is headed clear by Carroll to Huddlestone, who sends a bouncing shot wide of the right-hand post.
5 mins - Two more half-chances for the hosts. First, Vertonghen gets forward and crosses low. Reid clears. Next, Defoe gets goalside of his man and shoots, but it's a weak effort straight at Jaaskelainen.
4 mins - Maiga loses out to Walker again and Spurs attack as Dawson finds Dempsey. He turns inside his own half and lofts a through ball for Defoe to chase. He has Reid isolated but when he turns inside and shoots, the ball flies high and wide of the target.
3 mins - Noble and O'Neil involved before Reid tries to release Nolan down the right wing, but the ball skips off the turf and out for a Spurs throw.
1 min - Lennon flicks the ball through to Defoe, he turns away from Reid but O'Brien is across quickly to clear. Good covering from the right-back. West Ham go on the attack themselves down the left but Maiga can't outpace Walker.
4pm - I'm not sure that was planned. Reid collects the ball from the kick-off before belting it out into the stand. Hmmm...
3.59pm - Spurs are going to have a huddle before we get going. The Hammers will kick-off shooting towards the North Stand end of White Hart Lane.
3.56pm - Here come the teams. West Ham are in claret and blue shirts, blue shorts and claret socks. Spurs are in all white.
3.50pm - OK, we're without power here in the White Hart Lane Press Box, but I'm hopeful my battery has enough charge to get us through to full-time! Spurs have gone back to their dressing room, but the Hammers substitutes are still out kicking balls around. The West Ham fans away to my right are making all the noise ahead of kick-off.
3.20pm - Everybody at West Ham United has been deeply saddened by the passing of ex-Hammers inside forward Dave Sexton at the age of 82. A full tribute will appear on whufc.com shortly.
3pm - The teams have been announced. West Ham are unchanged from Monday's 1-1 draw with Stoke City. With Rob Hall out on loan at Birmingham City, former Spurs schoolboy George Moncur is named among the substitutes.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Huddlestone, Sandro, Lennon, Bale, Dempsey, Defoe
Subs: Friedel, Gallas, Naughton, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Carroll
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Reid, Tomkins, McCartney, Noble, Nolan, Diame, O'Neil, Maiga, Carroll
Subs: Spiegel, Demel, Collins, Moncur, Taylor, Jarvis, Cole
2.20pm - George McCartney spoke to the press ahead of today's game. To watch his media conference in its entirety on West Ham TV, click here.
2.15pm - A short article in today's matchday programme says Scott Parker has returned to light training with Spurs following an Achilles injury. The three-times Hammer of the Year has not played this season, but I'm told he is expected back soon. Tottenham's other former Hammer, Jermain Defoe, is almost certain to start up front as Emmanuel Adebayor is suspended.
Good afternoon and welcome to north London for today's Barclays Premier League derby between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
The Hammers go into Sunday's match seventh in the table, with a win carrying them above Arsenal and Everton into fifth place. Spurs sit eighth, two points behind Sam Allardyce's side, so a victory for Andre Villas Boas' hosts would see them go seventh. West Ham go into the game on a three-match unbeaten run, having drawn at home with Manchester City (0-0) and Stoke City (1-1) either side of a 1-0 win at Newcastle United. Spurs have had a less productive week, losing 5-2 at Arsenal last Saturday before drawing 0-0 at Italian side Lazio in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.
For West Ham to prevail, however, they will have to overcome the weight of recent history. The Hammers have won just one of their previous ten Premier League meetings with their cross-city rivals - a 1-0 home win in September 2010 - while Spurs have won six and drawn four of their last ten top-flight meetings at home to the East Enders.
West Ham's most-recent victory at White Hart Lane came on 24 April 1999, when Ian Wright and Marc Keller were on target in a 2-1 victory that also saw John Moncur sent-off. West Ham's biggest win at Tottenham came on 2 September 1981, when David Cross scored all of his side's goals in a 4-0 Division One victory. The Hammers' best Premier League result at White Hart Lane came on 4 April 1994, when Trevor Morley (two), Mike Marsh and Steve Jones were on target.
Team news-wise, West Ham will welcome winger Matt Jarvis back into their matchday squad. However, Yossi Benayoun (hip), Alou Diarra (thigh), Jack Collison (knee) and Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) remain on the sidelines. For Spurs, striker Emmanuel Adebayor serves the first match of a three-game ban for his sending off against Arsenal last weekend, while Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele is a doubt with a hip problem.
We will have the confirmed team news for you at 3pm, with the line-ups published first on the club's official twitter feed, which now has more than 104,000 followers. Please tweet us your photos of you supporting the Hammers today using the hashtag #WHULIVE