West Ham 2-0 Tottenham: 10-man Spurs slump to embarrassing defeat

Two first half goals condemned Tim Sherwood's side to their third defeat of the season to the Hammers, while Younes Kaboul was shown his second red card of the campaign
West Ham confirmed their Premier League status with a comfortable win over 10-man Tottenham, their third win of the season over their London rivals.
By Liam Twomey

Tottenham have another painful memory to try and shake in this season of embarrassments. West Ham have now beaten them three times in all competitions this season and, while this loss might not match October's 3-0 defeat at White Hart Lane for sheer humiliation, there will be no shortage of frustration in north London at this most self-inflicted of wounds.

Things always looked difficult from the moment Younes Kaboul was rightly dismissed for bringing down Stewart Downing as the winger raced through on goal, but it is the subsequent capitulation that will trouble Tim Sherwood most. Spurs showed almost no fight and after Paulinho and Emmanuel Adebayor bafflingly parted to allow a Downing free-kick to beat Lloris, West Ham closed out their first victory in a month with startling ease.

The pressure will not abate for Sam Allardyce, who remains unpopular with West Ham fans despite the rousing cheers his team received at the final whistle, while another limp defeat has done nothing for Sherwood's job prospects beyond the summer. There is a significant probability that both will be searching for pastures new pretty soon but, on this evidence, Tottenham have even bigger problems.

First-half goals from Stewart Downing and a Harry Kane own goal gave the Hammers the 2-0 win but they were largely helped by the sending off of Younes Kaboul in the 25th minute.

Sam Allardyce's men won twice at White Hart Lane earlier this season, in the Premier League and League Cup, and were dominant for large spells on this occasion.

After a reasonably open start to proceedings, Kaboul was red-carded for bringing down Stewart Downing as the winger bore down on goal.

Things got worse for Tim Sherwood when an Andy Carroll header deflected in off Kane just two minutes later and, on the stroke of half-time, Downing scored his first goal for West Ham with a free-kick from the edge of the area.

The result dents sixth-placed Spurs' hopes of securing Europa League football for next season.

West Ham, meanwhile, are guaranteed another campaign in the top flight, with a first win in five providing a welcome boost to manager Allardyce, who has been the subject of regular criticism from his own fans of late.

Carroll caused the visiting defence problems early on but it was Emmanuel Adebayor at the other end who should have opened the scoring.

After Christian Eriksen cleverly played him in, the Spurs forward side-footed a tame effort straight at Adrian.

Guy Demel almost profited from Carroll's aerial presence to strike the crossbar with a mis-hit strike on the turn.

Spurs then appeared to have little reason for complaint as Kaboul bundled over Downing just outside the area and was sent off.

Carroll's free-kick forced Hugo Lloris to make a smart stop and the England international helped open the scoring from the resulting corner, with his header clipping Kane and looping over Tottenham's goalkeeper to cap off a woeful few minutes for the visitors.

West Ham piled on the pressure for the remainder of the half and another foul on the edge of the box led to their second goal.

Mark Noble was brought down by Michael Dawson before Downing converted the free-kick, with Lloris likely to be disappointed with the lack of protection offered by his wall.

Mohamed Diame found the target with an overhead kick shortly after the break, while Nolan was also thwarted by a busy Lloris.

The introduction of Roberto Soldado and Sandro had little effect as Tottenham struggled to find a way back into the game, with the former spurning two half-chances.

Adrian made a fine save to deny Danny Rose in injury time, but West Ham were all but assured of victory by then and Sherwood's men could now find themselves pipped to the final Europa League place by Manchester United.