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West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur Live Commentary, 24/10/2021

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M. Antonio (72)
London Stadium


That's all from the London Stadium today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
By virtue of his high profile, Kane will again draw criticism for an insipid display, during which the Spurs striker was partly to blame for the decisive goal, while West Ham's Cresswell again pressed his claims for an England place with some precision crossing throughout a typically industrious performance.
Though far from their best, West Ham were more than capable of turning over their capital city rivals today, as Tottenham hardly raised the pulse with a lacklustre showing - despite the first team taking a break from midweek European duty. While the visitors had more of the ball, they rarely conjured anything that could be described as a gilt-edged chance, and a dearth of creativity sees them now sitting below the Hammers in the table, with just nine goals from as many league games. Temporarily at least, David Moyes' side sneak inside the top four.  
90' + 2' Fabianski claims the ball in the area, to the loud roars of the West Ham faithful, who are in sight of a valuable win against one of their close rivals.
S. Bergwijn
Lucas Moura
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 1' Another like-for-like substitution from Nuno, as Lucas is withdrawn to be replaced by Bergwijn.
C. Dawson
J. Bowen
West Ham United
90' After another strong shift in support of Antonio, Bowen is replaced by the defensive presence of Dawson for West Ham.
88' Tottenham's prosaic passing continues, as West Ham sit deep, secure in the knowledge that they pose a counter-attacking threat. On the touchline, further changes look to be afoot.
86' Having stolen the ball from Son, the ever willing Bowen streaks the box, only to be blocked off by the fast-recovering forward. West Ham are having some useful possession in the opposition half as the clock ticks down.
M. Lanzini
S. Benrahma
West Ham United
85' West Ham opt to withdraw Benrahma and bring Lanzini on to provide fresh legs in an advanced midfield role.
Bryan Gil
Tottenham Hotspur
84' Reguilon is being brought off by Nuno Espirito Santo, and Gil is thrown on to add more attacking threat.
G. Lo Celso
T. Ndombèlé
Tottenham Hotspur
84' Ndombele has shown flickers of his vast potential, but is now replaced by Lo Celso for the final few minutes.
81' Following a rapid counter-attack, Lloris is called upon to stop Fornals getting off a shot, then Bowen finds himself denied by a lunging Emerson block inside the area.
79' The Spurs pressure is building, as the ball stubbornly refuses to go out of play - starving the waiting substitutes of valuable time to affect the game.
77' Inevitably, West Ham have retreated into a mass of bodies deep in their own half, as Spurs pass the ball around fruitlessly in front of them. Kane is dropping deep to get involved, which tells its own tale.
75' Spurs earn a free-kick for a foul on Emerson by Benrahma, but they can't generate any significant attacking momentum and may now be set to make changes.
A. Cresswell
West Ham United
72' A regular threat from dead balls, Cresswell slings in a precise corner for Antonio to poke home at the near post.
M. Antonio
West Ham United
72' THE HAMMERS BREAK THE DEADLOCK! West Ham take the lead through Antonio's sixth career goal against Spurs, as he prods home from the corner, evading the attentions of Kane in the six-yard box. A frantic final 20 minutes could ensue: West Ham 1-0 Tottenham!
71' A horribly misplaced pass on the edge of the area by Reguilon allows Fornals to get off a heavily deflected shot, to which Lloris must react quickly in order to stop. That's a West Ham corner.
70' West Ham maintain territorial advantage, as Antonio returns to his feet and continues his search for the opening goal.
68' Antonio goes down holding his head after Lloris catches him with a boot, as the West Ham forward chases onto a throughball from Johnson down the right.
66' A goal is surely in store yet, as none of Tottenham’s last 14 Premier League games have ended level - their longest such run since a streak of 32 between April 2018 and February 2019.
64' Spurs are comfortably leading the stats for duels, passing and possession so far, but look to be running out of steam somewhat approaching the final quarter of the game.
62' From a free-kick out on the left side of the area, Cresswell curls in an inswinging cross, but Dier eventually does well to clear Tottenham's lines following a brief moment of concern. 
C. Romero
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
60' Following some minor scuffles between opposing players, Romero is eventually booked for his part in the confrontation with Fornals.
58' Romero clearly doesn't appreciate Fornals' trickery on the left flank, as he crunches into a challenge with the Spanish forward - and the pair square up after some feisty verbal exchanges!
55' On the break - started by Romero - Kane's cross for Son, who comes charging in from the left, lacks pace and is cut out easily by Fabianski.
53' West Ham have dominated the past few minutes, but a building spell of pressure ends in disappointment, as Bowen handles a flat Benrahma ball into the area and concedes a free-kick.
51' Another forward charge by Skipp sees him evade Rice at the second attempt, but his ambitious attempt from outside the box is merely steered straight into the waiting gloves of Fabianski.
49' Lovely footwork from both Ndombele and Lucas finds Reguilon unmarked out wide, and an unlikely Skipp charge into the area goes unrewarded as the cross is just too firm for him to connect with.
47' In the first attacking move of the half, Skipp lays out a well-weighted ball to Ndombele on the right, but the Frenchman's cross towards Kane sails just too close to Fabianski and is intercepted by the goalkeeper.
46' West Ham kick off and get us under way in the second half!
While Spurs have had the lion's share of possession - over 60 per cent so far - it has been the home side that have looked the liveliest in the final third. Considering their ever-present threat from set-pieces, West Ham can therefore remain confident of hitting the net at least once in the second 45.
Though this London derby has yet to ignite, there have been several chances for both sides to break the deadlock in the first half. It is surprisingly still goalless, due to the combination of some below-par finishing and smart goalkeeping, but is unlikely to stay that way until the final whistle.
45' There will be just one minute of stoppage time, added to account for Ndombele's brief spell down injured.
43' GOOD SAVE! Fabianski reacts quickly to throw his hands up and stop a goal-bound Kane header, after the striker powers in a close-range effort from Reguilon's high cross. We are running out of time for an opening goal before the break, but this game is opening up now!
41' After a quick West Ham counter, Antonio bustles through into a shooting position, but can only fire wide of the left post from around 15 yards out on the right.
40' Following a right-footed inswinger from Reguilon, Ndombele works himself into some space but can only find Fabianski's gloves with his headed attempt.
38' Reguilon scuffs a left-footed shot from outside the box following a corner, and Son just can't get hold of the ball to retrieve the opportunity.
A. Ogbonna
Yellow Card
West Ham United
36' For a collision with Ndombele near the centre circle, Ogbonna is shown a yellow card.
33' CLOSE! West Ham are back in the ascendancy, as Soucek arrives late into the box to get his head onto a pinpoint Fornals left-wing cross. However, the towering Czech nods it just wide of goal.
31' Johnson jogs in from the flank to attempt an effort from wide on the right-hand side of the box, but mishits the ball as it bounces, causing his shot to swerve well wide of the target.
29' This evenly-matched encounter is not lacking in industry, but clarity and creativity has been in short supply so far. Spurs have now won a couple of free-kicks in the opposition half, but cannot force a clear chance for the opener.
27' West Ham are hoping to fare better than in their recent outings at the London Stadium today, as they have lost their last two home league games, both by a 2-1 scoreline. Twice they have conceded in the final few minutes, versus both Manchester United and Brentford. 
25' Over the past few minutes, Tottenham have started to come out of their shell, forcing West Ham onto the back foot for a sustained spell. The Hammers look fairly comfortable in their shape, though.
23' Bowen concedes a free-kick for a clumsy tackle on Skipp, giving spurs some rare territorial advantage. The ball eventually makes its way to Son, who can't get a clean connection on his shot from the right side of the area, and Fabianski saves without too much trouble.
T. Souček
Yellow Card
West Ham United
21' The first booking of the match goes to Soucek, for a challenge from behind on Hojbjerg in midfield.
19' Persistent work from Son gets him into the area, where he lays off a short pass to Lucas. The Brazilian struggles to adjust his body, though, and can only prod a harmless shot off target.
18' Spurs have been careless with the little possession they have had, and giving the ball away allows the hosts to counter, but Fornals can't get over his second attempt at goal so far and skews it over the bar.
16' Good positioning from Lloris allows the Spurs goalkeeper to intervene on the edge of his box as Antonio threatens to latch onto a throughball, earning some appreciative applause from the away fans. 
14' Antonio picks out Soucek with a chipped cutback from the left, but the West Ham midfielder fires his attempt well over the crossbar and into the crowd. 
12' Having hobbled off, Ndombele is now waved back onto the field by the referee and looks fit to continue.
11' There is a brief VAR check to assess whether Ndombele was fouled in the box, but no penalty is awarded.
11' A challenge from Zouma keeps Ndombele from getting off a shot just inside the area and sends the French midfielder to the turf, where he receives some treatment from the Spurs medics.
9' Fabianski comfortably saves a speculative Hojbjerg effort from around 25 yards out in the centre of the goal - Tottenham's first substantial strike on goal.
7' Skipp intervenes on the edge of the box to deny Bowen a clear shot on goal, and as the ball is recycled, Fornals volleys an acrobatic 15-yard effort down towards the corner of the net. A good effort, but Lloris gets down quickly to save.
6' The action is relatively subdued so far, with only some typical Premier League hustle and bustle in midfield seeing possession exchanged between the sides.
4' Before today's match, Tottenham had lost each of their last four London derbies in the Premier League - as many as in their previous 17. However, they have won three of their last four league visits to the London Stadium.
2' A trademark Cresswell cross forces Dier to head the ball out for the first corner of the game. Then, Bowen's whipped cross from the dead ball causes havoc in the Spurs area, but the visitors survive.
1' We are under way in sunny East London!
The players are stepping out amid a blizzard of bubbles at the London Stadium, and kick-off is just moments away!
After a midweek rest, Kane returns to the Spurs lineup today, having finally netted his first Premier League goal of the season at St. James' Park last Sunday, ending a six-game wait. The England striker has only scored more top-flight goals against Leicester (15) than the 11 he has bagged against West Ham - though only three have come away from home.
Having rested several players in continental competition, West Ham manager David Moyes now reverts to the team that won at Everton last Sunday. In fact, no side has used fewer different players in the Premier League this season than the Hammers, who have also made a league-low four changes to their starting lineups this term. Spurs, meanwhile, perform a similar switch-up, as they drop their unsuccessful European XI for the team that started last weekend.
SUBS: Pierluigi Gollini, Davinson Sanchez, Joe Rodon, Giovani Lo Celso, Bryan Gil, Steven Bergwijn, Ben Davies, Dele Alli, Japhet Tanganga.
TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Emerson, Eric Dier, Cristian Romero, Sergio Reguilon; Oliver Skipp, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg; Lucas Moura, Tanguy Ndombele, Son Heung-Min; Harry Kane.
SUBS: Alphonse Areola, Issa Diop, Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko, Craig Dawson, Nikola Vlasic, Arthur Masuaku, Harrison Ashby, Mark Noble.
WEST HAM (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Fabianski; Ben Johnson, Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell; Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek; Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals; Michail Antonio.
West Ham are aiming to go three league games without defeat versus their London rivals for the first time since 2006, having drawn and won against Spurs last season - the first fixture being a memorable 3-3 thriller, where the Irons came back from three goals down during the final 10 minutes.
Just one point separates the two capital clubs in the table ahead of the game, as the Hammers trail fifth-placed Spurs by that slim margin. In midweek, West Ham maintained their perfect record in the Europa League with a win over Genk, while Tottenham fell to a 1-0 defeat at Vitesse Arnhem in Conference League Group G.
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