Tottenham Hotspur 3 West Ham United 1: match report
How Tottenham Hotspur needed this. Not just the points, however handy they may prove to be, but a reminder of the simple joys of football. After a month of frustration, humiliation, anxiety and controversy, of being thrashed by rivals, beaten in a Rome bar and told what to sing in their own ground, here was a return to more elemental pleasures. Three super goals, some sporadically delightful football, and a win over their London neighbours. Sunday afternoons don’t get much better than that.Yet until Jermain Defoe’s wonderful goal on the stroke of the break, this looked like being another of those irritating afternoons for Tottenham. West Ham began resolutely, pressing hard, maintaining a tight shape and competing fiercely for the 50/50 balls. It took one moment of brilliance to unlock them, and the game.
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