Tottenham 0 West Ham 3

Not enough time for the corner, and West Ham have a richly-deserved win at White Hart Lane.

A free kick for Spurs, Holtby's effort takes a deflection for a corner.

Last rites for both sides now, there are a lot of blue seats to be seen now.

O'Brien replaces Noble.

West Ham keeping the ball to the delight of their fans in a rapidly-emptying White hart Lane.

Downing tries to curl the ball in, but it is way too high and goes behind.

Rat shepherds the ball back to his keeper after Holtby rolls a pass through the Hammers defence.

Soldado shoots across his body from the right and wins a corner, where Townsend's shot is blocked.

Spurs are shell shocked, and West Ham's defence cuts out a Walker cross easily.

Diame is off, Collins is on, and for Spurs Naughton is off and Holtby is on.

Morrison raced clear from midfield, got between the centre halves, then lifted the ball over Lloris, who got a hand to it but not enough to prevent a goal. Game over.


Soldado finds Townsend, but his touch has deserted him and Rat intervenes to clear.

Downing tries a free kick from 25 yards out, but he cannot keep the ball down. ecven so, West Ham are in control and cruising.

This is turning into some smash and grab raid for the Hammers. Not many chances, and a bit of luck, and they are 2-0 up. They'll be partying like it's 1999 if they hold out for their first win here since, well, 1999.

Soldado replaces Eriksen.

Vaz Te got in behind Walker, shot at Lloris who blocked, but the ball hit the West Ham striker and the ball rolled back beyond the Spurs keeper into the net.


Soldado is preparing to come on for the home side.

Spurs will have to up the ante to get back into this, they've gone off the boil since the break.

Eriksen floats in a free kick, but it's too flat and Jaaskelainen collects.

Kiwi defender Winston Reid headed a corner goalwards, then latched onto the rebound to push the ball back in from six yards out.


David Coxon, Hollywood California: "Not sure where a goal is coming from, maybe Morrison or Nolan, but we definitely need 3 points today.By the looks, quite possible. coyi"

Razvan Rat rolls around for a bit but gets up without treatment.

Erik Lamela replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Defoe is offside while trying to race onto a Sigurdsson through ball.

Townsend tries to get through the middle but once again the Hammers defence closes around Spurs' attackers and does not let go.

Spurs keeping the ball well but not threatening West Ham's goals at the moment.

Poor from Paulinho, who hits a return pass to Townsend yards past his team mate into touch to end an attack.

Tomkins' downward header at a corner is pushed away by Lloris, then there are claims for a penalty against Dembele for handball but Lee Probert rightly waves them away.

Townsend races back to smother Rats' in the area. The Romanian then shoots from 30 yards but a white shirt gets in the way.

Sigurdsson's shot is not as good, a bit off balance and the ball skews away harmlessly.

Jaaskelainen pushes a rasping Defoe shot over the bar after Paulinho had found his striker with a neat pass.

Two quick corners for Spurs, but West Ham equal to both with Jaaskelainen untroubled.

Eriksen's teasing free kick from the right eludes everyone, just. Vertinghen gets a boot on it but the ball goes past the post.

Leigh Neale: "I'm reading the live commentary all the way in Disney Florida - oh and I just got engaged. Come On You Irons."

Nolan tries to make room for a shot from the edge of the box, but Spurs' defence is over him like a cheap suit and he cannot get an effort in that threatens Lloris.

Close for Spurs! Defoe goes through the middle but Jaaskelainen is out of the blocks like Usain Bolt and blocks the former Hammer.

No changes yet, either.

And we're back under way.

Teams are starting to straggle out for the second half.

Andy W: "Wish AVB would play with 2 strikers up front especially when we are at home , it's West Ham we are playing not Real Madrid."

Joanne Withers is still with us: "Hammers doing well, defence played well this year but cant see where we going to score? Hopefully Joe Cole introduced to produce something :)"

Tim Brett: "Ok Arsenal are losing we need to win, might be time to bring on Soldado for Defoe, we need a goal, three would be nice but we MUST WIN COYS"

David Healy: "Playing for 0-0 every week and praying we don't concede. Not good enough Allardyce, shape up or ship out."

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Job done for West Ham so far, and they should have been ahead, with Kevin Nolan volleying wide at the end of a training ground free kick move.

Reid concedes a corner from Sigurdsson, but West Ham's thorough as ever defence clear. Townsend gets the ball back and whips the ball over from the right, but there is no white shirt to connect to it.

Stoppage time now.

Demebele slaloms his way to the box, tehn gives the ball away and in frustration he barges Demel over pointlessly.

Nolan spurns a great chance, Noble flicks a free kick over the wall and Nolan's volley from close range goes across goal rather than hitting the target. That should have been 1-0 to the Hammers.

Nolan swings the ball in, and Lloris claims easily.

Dawson loses the ball to Morrison on the edge of the box, but recovers well to block and concede a corner.

It's still a bit tentative from both sides, neither keeper has had to really extend himself yet.

Eriksen finds Paulinho to shoot, but his left-footed strike skews off to the left.

Morrison is just offside as Lloris uses his feet to clear on the edge of the box, this after West Ham had flooded the midfield to snuff out a Spurs attack at the other end.

Paulinho gets away on the left to cross, but Tomkins' diving header clears the danger. Then Tomkins' close attentions prevent Defoe from getting to a Townsend cross from the other flank.

West Ham have a corner, but the ball skims off Reid's forehead and goes wide. Dead ball situations may be the Hammers best chance at this rate.

Great run from Townsend on the right, his cross is nicely weighted and Paulinho's volley on the turn drifts just wide of the right post.

W.KanessaaĆ¾: "Could do with The Hammers stepping up to the plate today. Too many teams are letting Spurs pose on the ball! C'Mon Sam-PRESSURE!"

Defoe is caught offside as he tries to get to a rare pass through the claret and blue backline.

Nice ball from Downing over from the right but Diame's hopeful header is a long way over. That cross needed Andy Carroll on the end of it, but it will be a while before that happens.

It's been Spurs all the way of late, no threat from West Ham for over 10 minutes now.

Sigurdsson nearly weaves his way through the middle but the centre backs block his way. Spurs' strength is through the middle but West Ham are wise to it so far.

Townsend cuts in off the right and lashes a shot over the bar - always shaping away but a decent effort from the youngster. Roy H will be impressed from the VIP area.

Tomkins gets in between his keeper and Paulinho to nod away a dink from Eriksen.

Townsend tries a few step-overs, eludes Rat and sends his cross towrads Defoe, but Tomkins gets in first to head the ball away.

The kit man has had to nip down the tunnel to make running repairs to the offending boot, but it's sorted now.

It's a bit warm today and the players are taking on fluids as Jaaskelainen pauses the game to change his boots.

Diame clatters Eriksen on the touchline right in front of the technical zones, which are cheek-by-jowel at the Lane. Paulinho them lashes the ball high over the bar.

Eriksen chips the ball over the back four, but Defoe jinks the wrong way and Jaaskelainen collects easily.

Sigurdsson wraps his right foot around the ball and forces Jaaskelainen to drop to his right, Spurs' first shot on target.

Paulinho gets away from Reid in the middle but Tomkins slides in to at the last moment with an excellent tackle on the edge of the box.

Nolan nods the ball wide after Downing had sent the ball over from the right. The West Ham skipper had a bit more time than he realised but put the ball a few yards to the side of the right post.

Reid doubles back on himself under pressure, finds Jaaskelainen and the Hammers keeper launches the ball away from danger.

It's been a very cagey opening, but West Ham will be the happier of the two teams.

Diame bustles into the Spurs area past Paulinho, but the last touch was a bit heavy and Lloris smothers the ball.

Spurs yet to launch a concerted attack.

It's a fluid West Ham formation to begin with, and Noble's chip floats across the area but is too far ahead of Demel.

Diame was the furthest forward Hammer as the ball skimmed through the Spurs defence to Lloris.

Kyle Walker reported that he felt unwell in the warm up, but the right-back has started the match. Vlad Chiriches is warming up just in case.

Kevin Nolan charges down a Hugo Lloris clearance but the ball ricochets away to the Spurs defence.

The match is under way as West Ham kick off.

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Big Sam and AVB exchange pleasantries, and we're all set.

Roy Hodgson is at the Lane today and the England boss will no doubt be interested in how Jermaine Defoe gets on. Roy's sat next to Sir Trevor Brooking as the teams emerge from the tunnel.

Luke Hucker: "Ravel Morrison has a big future and must get games."

Alex Lee: "I do wonder what goes through AVB's mind at times. Holtby should be providing JD. All looks a bit flat for my liking!"

Duncan Laird: I'm a West Ham fan but I can only see a Spurs victory today. This is because we have a poor record against Spurs along with a poor away record in the league. Add to the fact that we don't have a striker to put the ball in the back of the net!"

Ravel Morrison has begun to show glimpses of his potential this season as well, what do West Ham fans think of the midfielder so far?

Denmark boss Morten Olsen has likened Christian Eriksen to Michael Laudrup in his playing days. That's high praise indeed, as the Swansea boss was a truly wonderful player, so I'm looking forward to seeing more of the Spurs man today.

Rob Leedham: "Spurs bench possibly strongest in the league." City and Chelsea are no sluches either squad-wise, but I take your point Rob.

West Ham have won just once in the league this season, and Spurs have conceded just once at home so far. Will today go according to form?

Keep those emails and Tweets coming in, and if anyone knows what Martine McCutcheon is doing these days, or who she supports, let me know.

Steve Cooper: "I wonder if AVB has succumbed to any international pressure or is just sick of the nagging from JD? Strange to start JD when the links appear to come from the Holtby connection who isn't starting. However much JD hates being an impact sub, the reality is he seems to score more goals/min from the bench when defenders are relatively slower."

Niall Griffiths: "I fancy a 4-0 Spurs win today with Defoe bagging a brace and Paulinho scoring a screamer."

Joanne Withers on the team news: "Think Defoe will get a couple against my team West Ham as he always does well against us, :( see a result of 2-0 but hope not...."

Spurs subs: Friedel, Chiriches, Chadli, Holtby, Lamela, Sandro, Soldado.

West Ham subs: Adrian, O'Brien, Collins, Cole, Jarvis, Petric, Maiga

West Ham have not won at the Lane since 24 April 1999, when Martine McCutcheon was number one in the charts with "Perfect moment". Martine's not doing quite so well these days, but Spurs have designs on the top spot while West Ham are looking to climb away from the other end of the table.

So, what do you make of those selections? Drop me a line with your predictions, theories and rants to, or on Twitter my "handle" is @TimOscroft . I'll post some of the best on here, and let me know where in the world you are today. I reckon there must be a few far flung fans out there keeping track of their teams.

For the Hammers, Demel, Downing and Vaz Te are the three alterations to the side that started the defeat at Hull last time out.

As you may expect, Spurs make several changes from the Europa League tie with Anzhi on Thursday, seven of them in fact. The most eye-catching one is that Jermaine Defoe starts a Premier League game for the first time this term.

Spurs: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton; Dembele, Paulinho; Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson; Defoe.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Tomkins, Reid, Rat, Noble, Morrison, Nolan, Downing, Diame, Vaz Te.

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