West Ham 2 Tottenham 0: Player ratings

West Ham 2 Tottenham 0: Player ratings as the Hammers comfortably beat 10-man Spurs

By Callum Orr
West Ham
2
Tottenham
0

West Ham United

Adrian Lucky not to have been punished twice early on thanks to some indecisive footwork in his own area, but was otherwise reliable when called upon. Produced a brilliant save to preserve his clean sheet late on. Quickly becoming a fan favourite at the Boleyn Ground. 6/10

Winston Reid Strong in the air and brought a level of composure to his side’s back four amidst the early Tottenham pressure. West Ham have unearthed a very good centre half in the New Zealander. 6

Guy Demel Stood up well to the challenge of Eriksen and Sigurdsson, but all in all had a very quiet and comfortable afternoon. 5

George McCartney Not held in very high regard by the home fans, but he kept a lid on Lennon and Paulinho for the entirety of the match. As quiet an afternoon he is ever likely to experience. 5

James Tomkins A composed performance from the hot-and-cold centre-half. A quiet afternoon at the back. 6

Kevin Nolan Controlled the midfield well in the first half, and caused trouble for the Spurs defence when pushed further forward in the second. Will feel he should have scored when one on one with Lloris. 6

Matthew Taylor A good performance from the much-maligned utility man. His excellent first half shot was well saved by Lloris, and he continued to threaten throughout. One of his better showings of the season. 7

Mark Noble A typically Noble-esque performance. Understated in midfield but did his job in a composed and effective fashion. A very good display from the former England Under-21 captain. 7

Mohamed Diame Played out-of-position on the left wing, but still gave the Tottenham back four plenty to think about. Perhaps starting to rediscover the form he showed last season. 6

Stewart Downing His early drive led to the sending off of Kaboul. Was a constant threat to the Spurs defence, and capped off a fine personal performance with a goal from a somewhat tame first half free kick. 8

Andy Carroll Stung the palms of Lloris with a fierce free-kick, and headed in the resulting corner via a deflection. A typically hands on performance from the big number nine, and might just have caught the attentions of Roy Hodgson with this showing. 8

Substitutes

Joe Cole Replaced Carroll with five minutes left to play. n/a

Matt Jarvis Replaced Nolan in the 86th minute. n/a

Tottenham

Hugo Lloris (Man of the match) Produced some quite brilliant saves throughout, and was unable to do anything about the West Ham goals. Tottenham might’ve been embarrassed if it wasn’t for another excellent performance from the Frenchman in difficult circumstances. 9

Kyle Naughton Supported his midfielders well from the off, but a yellow card for a committed challenge early on limited his impact on the rest of the game. Coped well with the physical presence of Diame, and was one of Spurs’ better players. 4

Michael Dawson Needlessly brought down Noble on the edge of the area, and Downing punished his mistake from the resulting free kick. Another worryingly unsure outing. 3

Younes Kaboul Coped with Carroll presence well until he was sent for an early bath by Phil Dowd in the 24th minute. Can have no complaints about his sending off. 2

Danny Rose Was tormented by the resurgent Downing throughout the course of the afternoon, and rarely offered any attacking presence in the opposing half. Drew a fine save from Adrian in the 91st minute. 3

Aaron Lennon Invisible for the most part, rarely showcased his blistering pace against the potential weak left of McCartney at left back. Won’t have done his world cup chances any good. 3

Paulinho His soft header was easily saved by Adrian early on, and had relatively little impact on the game. Was one quarter of the vanishing act that allowed Downing’s free kick to slope right through the centre of the wall. 2

Gylfi Sigurdsson If his name wasn’t on the team sheet, you might not have realised he was playing. Totally anonymous and a shadow of the player he was towards the end of last season. 2

Christian Eriksen Spurs’s brightest spark of the season was surprisingly subdued at Upton Park. Unable to influence the game in his usual manner. 3

Emmanuel Adebayor Squandered an early chance to put Spurs ahead with a tame finish, and Contributed to an awful attempt at defending West Ham’s second goal. Anonymous. 2

Harry Kane After a bright start, the youngster unwittingly deflected Carroll’s header past his own goalkeeper, and was immediately hauled off by Sherwood. One to forget. 3

Substitutes

Vlad Chirches Replaced Kane in the 26th minute. Lucky not to give away a penalty for a first half wrestling match with Tomkins, but seemed to quieten Carroll. 5

Sandro Brought on for the invisible Paulinho in the 65th minute. Had little impact on the game. 3

Roberto Soldado Replaced Sigurdsson and promptly earned a yellow card for a cynical swipe at Diame. Was lucky not to be sent off for placing a hand around Nolan’s neck. Looks like he doesn’t want to be at Spurs in the slightest. 1

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