Spurs take derby day spoils

Manuel Lanzini scored again but it was Harry Kane and Tottenham Hotspur who ran out comfortable winners at White Hart Lane
Barclays Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 West Ham United

West Ham United’s winless Barclays Premier League run stretched to three matches as Tottenham Hotspur scored a 4-1 win at White Hart Lane.

Two goals from the in-form Harry Kane and one apiece from Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker were enough for Spurs to secure the local derby spoils in north London, and render Manuel Lanzini’s late rocket a mere consoltation.

Cheikhou Kouyate saw his scissor-kick leave Hugo Lloris’ crossbar shaking seconds after Kane’s opener, but in truth Mauricio Pochettino’s side were deserved winners on a cold afternoon in N17.

Prior to kick-off, thoughts turned to events in Paris nine days previously, where more than 130 people lost their lives in a series of horrific terrorist attacks. The French national anthem was played before both teams joined for a team photo in a show of support and solidarity.

When the game began, the Hammers started brightly and forced a couple of corners, but neither caused any significant alarm inside the home penalty area. The same could be said for Aaron Cresswell’s eighth-minute shot from 35 yards, which flew high into the stand behind Hugo Lloris’ goal.

After making a slow start themselves, Mauricio Pochettino’s team sprung into life on 21 minutes, when a slick passing move involving Walker, Hueng-Min Son and Mousa Dembele ended with Christian Eriksen shooting left-footed and Adrian diving full-length to claw away for a corner.

Two minutes later, the Spaniard was helpless as Kane blasted high into the net for his fifth goal in successive matches. The striker reacted quickest after England squad-mate Dele Alli’s shot had been blocked and span into his path.

The game was now well and truly alive and West Ham could have been level within two minutes themselves. Mark Noble’s shot was blocked high into the air and was met flush by Kouyate’s scissor-kick, only for the acrobatic effort to thump the same crossbar his header flew under last season.

West Ham’s frustration grew still further on 33 minutes when Spurs doubled their lead with a Premier League-leading eighth set-piece goal of the season. While West Ham’s defence failed to react quickly enough, Eriksen’s left-wing corner was met by the unmarked Toby Alderweireld, who powered a glancing header into the net.

It could have been even worse for Bilic’s side before half-time as Kane raced onto Alli’s fortuitous through ball, before scuffing his shot horribly wide of Adrian’s goal with only the No13 to beat.

The 22-year-old made no mistake when he was given another chance five minutes after the break, though, smacking a low shot past Adrian after James Tomkins’ pass had been intercepted by Danish playmaker Eriksen.

Spurs were now in complete control and could have gone further in front had it not been for Adrian, who made a fantastic double save to deny Son and Eriksen.

Bilic made a pair of substitutions with just under half-an-hour remaining, bringing on Mauro Zarate and Nikica Jelavic, but neither could find the goal the Hammers needed to get back in the game.

Instead, Tottenham continued to create chances, with Kane testing Adrian and Walker flashing a cross inches beyond Son’s boot.

West Ham’s first opportunity of the second half fell to Winston Reid, but his header from Zarate’s corner was grabbed comfortably enough by Lloris.

Frustrations threatened to boil over on a couple of occasions, with Noble and Sakho both seeing yellow following altercations with Alli and Walker, who were also booked.

Substitute Ryan Mason was then denied by Adrian before Walker made absolutely sure by racing forward and curling his shot into the far corner with the outside of his right foot.

Lanzini then lost goalscorer Walker before beating Lloris with an unstoppable left-foot drive into the roof of the Tottenham net, but by the time the Argentine’s fifth of the season went in a large number of West Ham fans had understandably made for the exits.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Alli (Mason 70), Son, Dembele, Eriksen, Kane (Carroll 90)
Subs: Vorm (GK), Trippier, Townsend, Onomah, Davies

Goals: Kane 23, 50, Alderweireld 33, Walker 84

Booked: Alli, Walker

West Ham United: Adrian, Jenkinson, Reid, Cresswell, Noble (c) (Song 79), Kouyate, Sakho, Moses (Zarate 63), Lanzini, Carroll (Jelavic 63)
Subs: Spiegel (GK), Ogbonna, Oxford, Antonio

Goal: Lanzini 87

Booked: Noble, Sakho

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Attendance: 35,968