Weak Spurs present West Ham With Their Best Ever Season
Is this the greatest season in West Ham United's history? Having beaten Spurs three times it must surely be up there.
The Hammers were so happy by the end they were conga-ing in the aisles. Three cup finals, three victories. Not that it has been difficult for them. I’m the last person to p*** on their parade - I've got family who are West Ham - but as the games have gone by the resistance put up by Spurs has become increasingly powder puff. Sherwood is now in the habit of turning up to away games with a four man midfield devoid of any defensively-minded personnel. Charged with holding the fort in front of the defence yesterday were the after-you-Claude pairing of Sigurdsson and Paulinho, the latter quite clearly doing anything possible to avoid injury in advance of the World Cup.
Even set up like this, Spurs should have had way too much for West Ham but after Downing tumbled easily under a Kaboul challenge, earning the Frenchman a club record fourth red card, the extra man proved sufficient for the Irons to prevail. Even then they required an own goal from Harry Kane and an astonishing moment of utter indifference from Paulinho and Adebayor. Despite being nominally an attacker, Stuart Downing is famous for never scoring so when he stepped up to take a direct free kick from just outside the box on 44 minutes, no one was in the least bit surprised when he booted it lamely at the middle of the Tottenham wall. What we weren't expecting was Paulinho and Adebayor flinching and turning sideways in the manner of the late Larry Grayson to allow the ball safe passage into the back of the net.
Hugo Lloris, by a stretch yesterday’s man of the match, was a picture of exasperated disbelief. There he was performing a series of acrobatic miracles to keep the score down and these two had decided they’d rather let one in than be stung in the midriff. For all Tim Sherwood’s posturing about giving the lads various pieces of his 'mind' and demanding ‘fight’, the players look about as scared of him as Dad’s Army were of Sergeant Wilson.
What’s clear is that Lloris, Vertonghen and one or two others are probably plotting their escapes as we speak and unless the board appoint a credible boss - someone they can respect with a strategy and ethos they can buy into - they’ll shortly be agitating for moves in the tried an tested fashion of Modric and Bale.
This week’s new front runner for the job, Frank De Boer, may well fit the bill. Let’s hope there’s an announcement soon after next Sunday’s concluding dead rubber against Aston Villa.
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