This was one bad result that we’ll like to forget. Tough writing about such a fixture, but it needs to be done, so here we go.
While Spurs were favourites going into the match, it wasn’t expected to be a cakewalk for them. We were unbeaten in our last three trips to the Lane, while they had only beaten us once in our last five clashes.
Payet’s injury was a real blow, and this game was another example of how difficult things could be for us without him. We started with Kouyate and Noble in midfield, with Carroll alone upfront and Moses and Sakho on the wings.
Jenkinson had a terrible first half and was at fault for Harry Kane’s first goal- at this level, you can’t afford that kind of defending. Reid and Carroll were embarrassed by Alderweireld in the lead up to the second goal. Could’ve been worse at the break if Kane had taken a simple chance instead of shooting horribly wide.
However Kane atoned for the miss by scoring again scored early in the second half, and that was game, set and done. Walker made it 4-0 later.
Slav again didn’t use Antonio. Song was decent in his little cameo, and Noble got himself suspended by picking up a yellow, which means we’ll hopefully see Song-Cheik play together in the next game. Cheik and Noble are good players, but aren’t quite clicking together. Jenkinson needs to get his head together and we also need to find a way to get the best out of Carroll.
Lanzini scored a very nice goal. It was mere consolation, but a nice goal, and hey, it ensured we didn’t suffer the worst defeat in all the league games of the round- City suffered an equally heavy loss at the hands of Liverpool!
Here are goal highlights from the game, courtesy of Vid.me (English commentary). If you just want to see Lanzini’s goal, skip to the 4:35 mark.
Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 West Ham United [Kane, Alderweireld, Kane, Walker | Lanzini]