Tottenham managed to secure their first win in four league matches against West Ham. Here’s the players that made the difference…
- Lloris- 7
The French goalkeeper was given another chance in the Premier League after conceding five against Arsenal and he rose to the task, looking calm and assured.
- Vertonghen- 6
The Belgian defender is looking increasingly assured in his left-back role and linked well down the left with Gareth Bale
- Dawson- 6
Spurs’ longest serving player dealt well with the threat of Carroll all day and gave little away. His long range passing was again on show.
- Caulker- 5
England new boy Caulker played well but it was his poor and unnecessary clearance that led to West Ham’s goal
- Walker- 6
Not his usual barnstorming self, Walker was tidy rather than powerful and could have done a bit better with Carroll’s header
- Huddlestone- 6
Huddlestone is growing this season under AVB and was his usual calm, controlled self, spreading the play beautifully.
- Sandro- 6
Sandro has increasingly become one of Tottenham’s most important players, covering the back four with a lead sheet and that cover was vital to thwart West Ham’s occasional forays forward
- Lennon- 7
Lennon had Winston Reid on toast all game long and unselfishly squared for Defoe to bag his second. He was focused and dangerous throughout.
- Bale- 8
Bale moved central for much of the game and was able to influence a lot of Tottenham’s good play. He hit the bar in the first half but scored the essential second goal with a smart finish
- Dempsey- 8
This match was the one in which Clint Dempsey finally managed to endear himself to the Tottenham faithful. He ran much of the game, linking attack and defence, hit the bar but his scooped pass for Bale’s goal was the highlight.
- Defoe- 9
Defoe was superb today, full of the direct running, sharp shooting and defender bothering that Spurs fans have come to know and love. His first goal was a goal of the month contender and he was in the right place at the right time for the second. Unfair booking.
- Dembele (on 79)- 5
The Belgian international made a very welcome return to the Spurs first team after an injury lay-off and kept things ticking over in the last ten minutes
- Livermore (on 85)- 5
Livermore replaced a tiring Sandro in the centre of midfield at the death and kept the back four safe for the final five minutes
- Sigurdsson (on 90)- 5
No real chance to influence the game