West Ham United defeated Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in the Saturday’s Premier League early kick-off to become the first team to both score and win at Spurs’ new stadium.
It was an afternoon to forget for the players, management, and supporters in what was one of the worst performances of the season.
For the second home match in a row, Spurs struggled to show any creativity in the final third of the pitch and seemed too focused on trying to pass the ball into the net.
Even when Pochettino brought on Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen they did not play to their aerial strengths and rarely looked like threatening the Hammer’s lead.
Spurs almost dramatically equalised in injury time but Fabian Balbuena cleared a Vincent Janssen header off the line to help end a run of four games without a win for the Hammers and compound the lilywhite’s misery.
After the match, Mauricio Pochettino was asked about the possibility of Jan Vertonghen, Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks featuring against Ajax on Tuesday night after the trio were missing from the side that lost to West Ham.
He told Football.London: “Vertonghen for sure, Sissoko, I don’t know we will have to assess tomorrow. I think Harry Winks no.”
Vertonghen’s availability is a welcome return, Sissoko would provide a massive boost if he is able to recover from his groin problem. Spurs are seriously lacking options in the middle of midfield and have missed the energetic performances of the Frenchman in recent matches.
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