West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur faced off against each other on Saturday in the first round of league fixtures following the international break.
There’s no doubt that the Hammers will have wanted to replicate the performance they put in against Manchester United, where they secured a surprise 3-1 victory, and not the following 1-0 hiccup against Brighton and Hove Albion a week later. Spurs, on the other hand, headed into the game commanding very respectable looking form. Having only dropped points on two occasions this season, and on a winning streak of three games, they were certainly the favourites on the day.
The tie didn’t prove to be a classic, with Erik Lamela’s first-half strike providing the only goal of the game. 1-0 Spurs.
For the most part, the efforts of the West Ham team were valiant with players Issa Diop, Declan Rice and Marko Arnautovic each putting in some very respectable displays.
There were, however, a couple of performances that Hammers fans could feel slightly aggrieved with…
The record signing has been decent since making the £35million his move from Italian side Lazio this Summer and certainly stands out as one of the more gifted attacking players in the side.
Unfortunately, any evidence of his playing ability was completely lost on Saturday as he failed to leave an impression on the game.
Anderson’s offensive play was lazy and sluggish, and he very rarely made the kind of electrifying runs that have come to be expected from him.
His poor performance left Marko Arnautovic to fend for himself up top, and the situation was worsened when Andriy Yarmolenko was forced off with an injury before halftime.
The Brazilian’s game was just about summed up when he failed to stop Moussa Sissoko run into the box and tee up the game-winning goal from Lamela.
Really not his best, but he’s got the quality to bounce back…
The English forward has never really been able to replicate the form that earned him a name a few seasons back, and Saturday’s substitute appearance was no exception.
He showed no real indication that he was going to be the man to change the team’s fortunes after coming on in the 72nd minute. Just about his only contribution to the game was a couple of poor crosses.
Certainly, a performance to write home about, and we suspect West Ham fans may be becoming a little frustrated with the player…Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!