Wednesday, 25 October 2017



"I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." Michael Jordan.

Tottenham 2-3 West Ham: Hammers stun Spurs to reach Carabao Cup quarter-finals

After a much-changed Spurs side coasted into a two-goal half-time lead, their London rivals rallied with three goals inside 15 second-half minutes to progress to the quarter-finals.

Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli had made it 2-0 at the interval, with this the first of two games needed for Slaven Bilic to save his job at the Hammers.

But Andre Ayew scored twice to haul the Hammers level on the hour before Angelo Ogbonna rose from a corner to head home the winner with 20 minutes remaining.

Team news
Danny Rose made his first start of the season as Mauricio Pochettino made seven changes to the Spurs side which thrashed Liverpool. Harry Kane was left out of the squad all together. After a two-game absence, Mark Noble returned to captain West Ham, who made nine changes following Friday’s humbling at the hands of Brighton.
Bilic came into the tie under immense pressure to keep his job and his fate looked ominous as Tottenham bossed the first half without a string of key players.

Kane, Hugo Lloris, Serge Aurier and Jan Vertonghen were not in the matchday squad and Christian Eriksen was dropped to the bench, but Mauricio Pochettino's side looked unaffected as they hit their opponents on the counter-attack for Sissoko's opener.

Alli almost fired the second when he forced Adrian to save with a back-post header but eventually sealed his second goal in as many games with a curling shot that hit the back of Declan Rice and found the net.

West Ham were abject in the first half but capitalised on a creeping sluggishness in Spurs when Edmilison Fernandes' shot was parried straight to Ayew to pull one back.

Ayew went close with a header immediately afterwards and then equalised on the hour-mark from Manuel Lanzini's low cross into the six-yard box.

And the Hammers sealed the shock of the fourth round when Ogbonna steered his header into the bottom corner with 20 minutes remaining.

Player ratings
Tottenham: Vorm (6), Trippier (6), Foyth (6), Alderweireld (6), Davies (6), Rose (6), Dier (5), Sissoko (6), Alli (7), Son (5), Llorente (4).

Subs: Dembele (5), Eriksen (5), Nkoudou (5).

West Ham: Adrian (6), Byram (6), Ogbonna (7), Rice (6), Kouyate (6), Cresswell (6), Noble (6), Fernandes (7), Lanzini (7), Ayew (8), Carroll (7).

Subs: Obiang (6), Arnautovic (5)

Man of the Match: Andre Ayew


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