West Ham safe after seeing off Spurs

By Rob Virtue on May 3, 2014 7:12 PM

westham.jpgWest Ham are now mathematically safe from the drop, as they eased past a 10 man Tottenham Hotspur side 2-0 at Upton Park in the early kick-off on Saturday.  

On the 50th anniversary of when West Ham beat Preston North End in 1964 at Wembley to lift the FA Cup, the Hammers marked the occasion in style with a fitting performance.

This was an important fixture for both managers, as Sam Allardyce's and Tim Sherwood's futures were plunged into doubt at their respective clubs before 12:45pm.  

West Ham suffered an early scare moments into the game. Goalkeeper Adrian dawdled over the ball and Harry Kane charged the Spanish shot stopper down, but luckily, the ball went out for a goal kick.  

After four minutes, Andy Carroll's knock down from a Stewart Downing corner found Winston Reid, but the New Zealand international failed to connect with an audacious bicycle kick. 

Seconds later, Tottenham countered with great speed. Playmaker Christian Eriksen and striker Emmanuel Adebayor linked up well, but the latter's effort was very tame.  

In an electric start to the game, Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris fumbled and struggled with a Mohammed Diame effort after seven minutes, which resulted in the crossbar being hit.  

On the 16th minute, a decent chance fell to the visitors as full back Kyle Naughton's cross found the head of Paulinho, whose effort was on target but was comfortable for Adrian.  

After 25 minutes, drama struck Upton Park. With Stewart Downing clean through on goal, centre-half Younes Kaboul tripped the winger, denying him a goalscoring opportunity and referee Phil Dowd had no choice but to give Kaboul his marching orders.  

From the resulting free kick, Andy Carroll's piledriver forced and outstanding save from Hugo Lloris, turning the ball out for a corner. 

Downing's set-piece then found Carroll at the back post, and the former Liverpool striker's header beat Lloris to put the hosts 1-0 up in this local derby. 

This was Carroll's third goal against Tottenham in a West Ham shirt, but it would be the first time he had ended up on the winning side.   

After his goal last week, Danny Rose nearly put the ball through his own net, as Spurs looked sluggish and uninterested and West Ham took control of the match.  

Just after half an hour, Carroll's cushioned header to Matt Taylor saw the 32 year old unleash a fierce volley which was expertly tipped around the post by a very busy Lloris.  

On the stroke of half time, West Ham doubled their lead with Stewart Downing notching his first goal since joining the club at the tail end of August. His free kick from 20 yards out crept through the wall, giving Lloris no chance.  

The second half began with West Ham still in the ascendancy. Mohamed Diame produced an exquisite overhead kick which was well saved by Lloris, with the follow up by Matt Taylor going narrowly wide.  

After 55 minutes, Captain Kevin Nolan had a marvellous chance to put the game to bed, but he squirmed his chance against Lloris which saw the latter prevail, and kept Tim Sherwood's men in the match.  

Adrian nearly produced a clanger as Aaron Lennon's cross looked comfortable for the Spanish shot stopper to handle, however, the Hammers keeper made a hash of it and nearly fumbled into his own net. 

Nolan set up Matt Taylor for the shot, but the midfielder's effort went straight into the hands of Tottenham's man of the match Hugo Lloris. 

Substitute Roberto Soldado had a great chance to pull one goal back, but the angle was against him and he dragged his shot well wide with 73 minutes on the clock. 

Andy Carroll got a standing ovation from the home supporters after being replaced by Carlton Cole, while Kevin Nolan made way for Matt Jarvis.  

On the stroke of full time, Danny Rose unleashed a stinging effort with his weaker foot from inside the box, but Adrian pulled off a fantastic save to keep a clean sheet and seal safety from relegation for the Hammers in the last home game of the season for the East Londoners.  
 
West Ham: Adrian; Demel, Tomkins, Reid, McCartney; Taylor, Noble, Diame, Nolan (Jarvis 85), Downing; Carroll (C Cole 83).  
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Armero, Collins, Nocerino, Jarvis, Vaz Te.  
 
Tottenham: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson ©, Kaboul, Rose; Lennon, Paulinho (Sandro 65), Sigurdsson (Soldado 65), Eriksen; Adebayor, Kane (Chiriches 27) 
Subs Not Used: Friedel, Fryers, Bentaleb, Pritchard.  

Attendance: 34,977  
Jack Pinnock