Five things we learnt from West Ham v Tottenham- Post Match Thoughts

Another disappointing result despite perhaps playing the better football of the two sides- that’s been the story for most of this season for Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham. Fans will count several games- Arsenal, Chelsea, Brighton and now Spurs, where the Irons deserved much more. Some would argue they played well enough to take 12 points from these four games, but the fact remains that they’ve taken only one, and find themselves stranded deep in the bottom half of the table with only 7 points to show for their efforts so far. Perhaps it should’ve been expected- the Hammers were winless in their last five at home under Martin Atkinson, the ref for the Spurs clash.

On the positive side, West Ham have now played five of the current Premier League “big” six in their opening nine games. Their next set of games appears to be far easier, but does Pellegrini have the personnel to do the job? The latest person to join the casualty ward was Andriy Yarmolenko, who ruptured his Achilles and joins a growing long term injury list which already contains the likes of Sanchez, Wilshere, Lanzini, Carroll and Reid. It’s not quite crisis time, but the rising amount of injuries will worry West Ham’s Chilean gaffer. [Read more…]

Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare against Spurs?

Like Brighton, this was a game West Ham should’ve at least drawn, if not won. They certainly created enough chances to take all three points, but Spurs walked away with the win at the end- the first time in nearly six decades that the Lilywhites have won five straight London derbies.

Both of West Ham’s changes for this game- Aaron Cresswell for Arthur Masuaku and Robert Snodgrass for Pedro Obiang, were injury enforced. Javier Hernandez made his first appearance since the Wolves game for the Hammers as a second half substitute and even managed to get the ball into the back of the net after some beautiful interplay with Marko Arnautovic, but it was disallowed for offside.

If Yarmolenko was poor against Brighton, his fellow winger Felipe Anderson had a game to forget this time around, with his reluctance to track back not helping left back Aaron Cresswell’s cause. He was culpable for the first goal- some poor defending that allowed Moussa Sissoko to set up Erik Lamela. It was a goal that should never have been conceded, and was Spurs’ first shot on target till then! And lest it not be forgotten, when West Ham were on the attack, Mark Noble was robbed of the ball in the move that eventually lead to Spurs’ goal. Yarmolenko was stretchered off towards the end of the first half and is now set for an extended spell on the sidelines, adding to Pellegrini’s headaches. [Read more…]

West Ham v Tottenham predictions- What do the pundits say?

West Ham beat Everton in their first game after the September international break and will be hoping for a similar result when they host Spurs after the October break on Saturday afternoon at the London Stadium. The Hammers are winless in their last five home games under Martin Atkinson, the ref for this clash, but did edge the Lilywhites the last time the 47 year old reffed a WHUFC-Spurs game.

How do the pundits reckon this game will pan out? Spurs are fifth in the table with 18 points from 8 games while West Ham are in 15th with 7 points from the same number of fixtures. [Read more…]

Throwback- What happened when Martin Atkinson last reffed a West Ham-Spurs game?

Martin Atkinson has been appointed as the referee for this weekend’s West Ham v Tottenham clash, and we did a feature on the club’s recent record under him.

Atkinson has reffed two West Ham v Spurs Premier League games since his appointment as a top flight official, and the last one was over eight years ago! It was at Upton Park, back in September 2010, and Avram Grant’s Hammers won the fixture 1-0, moving off the bottom of the table thanks to that victory over the Lilywhites, then managed by Harry Redknapp. French striker Frederic Piquionne scored the only goal of the GW6 clash in the 29th minute, assisted by Mark Noble.

Not surprisingly, given the cut throat nature of the Premier League, both teams have undergone wholesale changes since then, with Noble the only survivor from that fixture. [Read more…]

Referee appointed for Spurs clash- Hammers winless in last five home games under him!

Martin Atkinson has officially been appointed as the referee for West Ham’s first game after the international break, a tough London derby against local rivals Tottenham Hotspur. We take a look at the Hammers’ recent record under the 47 year old.

West Ham have not won in their last five home league games under Atkinson

Interestingly enough, the Hammers have not won in their last five Premier League games at home when Atkinson was the referee.

West Ham 1-1 Bournemouth (20 January, 2018)
West Ham 1-1 Leicester (24 November, 2017)
West Ham 0-3 Brighton (20 October, 2017)
West Ham 2-4 Watford (10 September, 2016)
West Ham 1-1 West Brom (29 November, 2015) [Read more…]