Lucy Quinn 35
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Barclays FA Women’s Super League
Dagenham & Redbridge Stadium
Sunday 17 January 2021
Olli Harder’s first match in charge of West Ham United ended in a narrow, and undeserved, defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.
A first half strike from substitute Lucy Quinn was the difference between the two sides at the Dagenham & Redbridge Stadium.
Emily van Egmond went closest for the Hammers with a headed effort in the second half.
It was just eight minutes before the Hammers fashioned the first chance of the afternoon. A neat passing move in midfield saw Cho split the Tottenham defence with a lofted pass through to Van Egmond.
The Australian midfielder took time to steady herself, but her tame effort was easily gathered by Becky Spencer in the Spurs goal.
The Irons were assured in possession during the opening exchanges, content to occupy the Tottenham half for long spells as they looked for the breakthrough.
In contrast, the visitors probed on the counter, attempting to find attacking duo Jessica Naz and Rachel Williams in the channels as much as they could.
Not long after Quinn’s introduction, Tottenham Hotspur took the lead. A fizzed cross from the right hand evaded the Hammers backline and found Gemma Davison at an acute angle on the by-line.
The winger squared the ball back across goal to Quinn, who fired into the corner past Mackenzie Arnold.
The Irons showed a renewed endeavour after falling a goal behind, but struggled to turn possession and pressure into chances before the break.
The home side made a fast start to the second period and were nearly level inside the first minute. Martha Thomas capitalised on a short goal kick from Spencer, cutting the ball across towards Adriana Leon.
The Canadian, with her first touch after being brought on, tried an audacious backheel finish that Spencer was equal to.
Shortly before the hour mark and Spencer was once again called into action. Kate Longhurst steered a deep free kick into the box, and it was met by Van Egmond, who climbed highest. Her effort was saved.
Willed forward by Harder, West Ham had the visitors on the backfoot as the game headed into its closing stages. Thomas and Grace Fisk both went close with headers from successive set-pieces, but the home side still couldn’t find the equaliser they so richly deserved, with the away side claiming the three points.
West Ham United: Arnold (GK), Redisch (Lehmann 87), Flaherty ©, Fisk, Vetterlein, Longhurst, Dali (Leon 46), Cho (Mustafa 87), Svitkova (Pacheco 67), van Egmond, Thomas
Subs not used: Brosnan (GK), Joel, Cissoko, Cruickshank
Tottenham Hotspur: Spencer, Shelina (c), Godfrey, Neville, Ayane, Green, Davison (Addison 58), Percival, Naz (Dean 46), Williams (Quinn 20 (Graham 77)), Kennedy
Subs not used: Mikalsen (GK), Leon, Filbey, Dean, Whitehouse (GK), Morgan
Goal: Quinn 35