Five things we learned from the 1-0 defeat to West Ham

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Dom Le Roy

Unfortunately, Spurs failed to pick up all three points in their Premier League fixture against West Ham this afternoon.

Tottenham went into the game with one eye on Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday, a game that seemed to weigh heavy on their performance.

Here are five things we learned from the defeat:

Scared to get injured

With the exception of perhaps Danny Rose and Vincent Janssen, the Tottenham squad looked reluctant to move out of third gear, and fearful of picking up an injury before Tuesday night. With injuries already hampering the Spurs squad, they seemed worried to add to the medical list, with players not wanting to miss out on a slice of history at the new stadium.

Cup final

While losing this game isn’t the end of the world in terms of Tottenham’s top four pursuit, it is never nice to lose to West Ham. Some Spurs fans believe that Hammers supporters treat Tottenham fixtures as cup final days, and it will hurt dropping points to them today. West Ham fans could be heard singing plenty of songs with regards to Spurs’ season, including ‘We’ll all be having a party when Spurs f**k it up’. Tottenham will now be even more determined to achieve Champions League success.

First loss

To add to the misery, this West Ham win will also go down in history as the first away goal scored at the new stadium, and the first away win. No matter to Spurs in the long run if they can win their remaining games, but still something Hammers fans will surely hold onto.

Top four 

Tottenham and guaranteed to still be in the top three come the end of this game week, unless Chelsea beat United by a crazy scoreline. However, Spurs will now be under extreme pressure to win their final two League games, or risk relying on their rivals dropping more points. Spurs have Bournemouth away and Everton at home left this season.

Vincent is back 

Janssen was given even more minutes on the pitch this afternoon, as a serious future player at Spurs or a mere shop window striker, we do not know. However, the Dutch forward showed more heart and desire than the majority of the Spurs team after he came on, and he very nearly rescued a point at the death with his 94th minute header. We will likely see more of him in the coming weeks.

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  1. There is a sixth: at least we can stop saying the ground makes a difference or pretending we have a fortress. Not even the so called wall of sound penetrated the minds of a very poor side today. All that matters is what happens on the turf – not in the longest bar!!


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