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Spurs edge London derby 1-0

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11 Apr 2009 13:54:58

Spurs edge London derby 1-0

Substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko gaveTottenham all three points against London rivals West Ham with a 65th-minute winner at White Hart Lane. Pavlyuchenko took one touch to control Luka Modric's pass, a second to turn past James Collins and a clinical third touch to fire right-footed past the outstretched Robert Green. Robbie Keane also saw a second-half shot cleared off the line by Collins after Green had spread himself well at the feet of Aaron Lennon, and David Di Michele squandered West Ham's best pair of chances as they pressed for an equaliser. Michele's best chance came directly from a goal kick which Woodgate failed to clear. Michele turned the centre back well, but he rushed his shot and failed to get enough power behind it to trouble Heurelho Gomes. Tottenham's win ends West Ham's five-game unbeaten streak and moves them up to eighth place, just three points behind Gianfranco Zola's men. With Everton playing tomorrow, West Ham missed the chance to cut the gap on the sixth-place team to four points.


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