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By Ben Pearce, at Upton Park
Monday, February 25, 2013
How Spurs rated during the 3-2 win over West Ham
HUGO LLORIS 8/10
Made a comfortable early save from Mohamed Diame, and then a much more accomplished one to get down low and deny Matt Jarvis an opener before being characteristically quick off his line to prevent Joe Cole from reaching a though ball. The Frenchman had no chance with Andy Carroll’s penalty and dealt effectively with West Ham’s set pieces into his penalty box, showing impeccable handling. He will be disappointed with his attempt to stop Joe Cole’s goal, which went in from a tight angle, but redeemed himself with a superb sprawling save to deny Matt Taylor 15 minutes from time and keep the score at 2-1. Tottenham equalised soon after.
KYLE WALKER 6/10
Looked nervous early on, receiving the ball in a seemingly comfortable position but turning into trouble and then being chased back towards his own goal. However, he showed his better qualities in the 40th minute, tracking Jarvis’ run in behind the centre-backs and making a superb sliding block. Got forward purposefully in the second half.
MICHAEL DAWSON 7/10
A typical display from the Spurs skipper, ruling the skies as usual and limiting Carroll’s aerial impact but also displaying his irritating habit of playing over-ambitious passes from the back that wasted possession – particularly in the first half.
STEVEN CAULKER 8/10
Gave the Hammers plenty to think about in an attacking sense and could have had a hat-trick were it not for Jussi Jaaskelainen. Played his part in the bundle that produced Gyfli Sigurdsson’s leveller.
JAN VERTONGHEN 7/10
Fielded at left-back to add height to the Spurs rearguard, but was most noticeable going forward in the first half. Rightly annoyed by Bale’s decision to go it alone on a couple of occasions after getting himself into space on the overlap. Could have done better to prevent Cole’s goal as the offside trap went wrong.
AARON LENNON 6/10
Disappointingly quiet in the first half and, although he grew into the game and looked like he might help to produce a winner, he is still struggling to show the devastating form that he was showing earlier in the season.
SCOTT PARKER 5/10
Combative as usual, with the added motivation of facing his former club, but gave away the 25th-minute penalty with a rash lunging tackle that allowed Carroll to equalise from the spot. Tried to add impetus with the driving runs that he was known for in the claret and blue shirt, but they rarely led to anything.
MOUSA DEMBELE 5/10
Booked early on and spent the rest of the game walking a disciplinary tightrope against a physical Irons side. Concerns about the Belgian’s energy levels and gradual decline in form will continue after another laboured display, and he was withdrawn 15 minutes from time.
LEWIS HOLTBY 6/10
Showed bright movement throughout and tried to get between the lines, but Spurs struggled to find him and get him into the game, and the German was withdrawn early in the second period after putting a good shift in.
GARETH BALE 10/10
Stationed in a central role off the striker, the Welshman lashed an early warning shot wide and then scored from a very similar position in the 13th minute, firing low across Jussi Jaaskelainen from the edge of the box with a typically deadly finish. Guilty of some selfish play, he ignored overlapping players on more than one occasion – most notably when Lewis Holtby and Jan Vertonghen were both free on the left in the 24th minute. Bale elected to shoot, and moments later West Ham had the ball in the net at the other end. However, Spurs’ talisman nearly gave his side the lead again with the last kick of the first half, with his 40-yard free-kick dipping inches wide of Jaaskelainen’s goal – and he was then denied by a fine fingertip save from the Irons keeper in the second half. Bale had the last word though with another late winner, following his recent strike against Lyon. Everyone could see what he wanted to do and he did it anyway, cutting onto his left foot and firing into the top corner from 30 yards. That’s eight goals in six games for Tottenham.
EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR 1/10
Maintained his dismal run of form with a generally anonymous display and a dreadful second-half miss, which would have put Spurs 2-1 up. Moments later it was 2-1 to the Hammers as Joe Cole showed him how it should be done.
GYLFI SIGURDSSON (substitute) 8/10
Nearly made an instant impact, seeing his curling effort saved onto the post by Jaaskelainen – and Adebayor then missed the follow-up with the goal gaping. Looked dangerous cutting inside from the left, seeing another effort deflected wide, and then popped up with the equaliser, bundling the ball home.
TOM CARROLL (substitute) 7/10
Added fresh legs in the centre and moved the ball quickly.
JAKE LIVERMORE (substitute) N/A
Not enough time to make an impact.