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Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United. Premier League.

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  • T Soucek (64th minute own goal)
  • H Kane (82nd minute)

West Ham United 0

    Tottenham 2-0 West Ham: Harry Kane back on scoresheet in derby win

    Report and free highlights as Kane and Soucek own goal settle derby after Heung-Min Son thwarted by VAR in marginal offside call; David Moyes fumes at opener

    Kate Burlaga

    Wednesday 24 June 2020 06:04, UK

    Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 West Ham United 2:59
    FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Tottenham's win over West Ham.

    Harry Kane scored his first goal since returning from injury as Tottenham boosted their hopes of European football with a 2-0 win that keeps West Ham deep in relegation trouble.

    Tomas Soucek unwittingly bundled into his own net (64) - the ball hitting Davinson Sanchez's arm in the build-up - to finally gift the breakthrough to a Spurs side that had seen Heung-Min Son denied by VAR at the end of an even first half.

    Kane, passionately backed to thrive in a Jose Mourinho team by his manager ahead of kick-off, then raced onto Son's through-ball and finished smartly (82) on his 200th Premier League appearance for the club.

    Player ratings

    Tottenham: : Lloris (6), Aurier (6), Sanchez (6), Dier (7), Davies (6), Sissoko (7), Dele Alli (5), Lo Celso (8), Moura (6), Son Heung-Min (6), Kane (7).

    Subs used: Lamela (7), Winks (n/a), Bergwijn (n/a).

    West Ham: Fabianski (6), Fredericks (6), Balbuena (6), Diop (6), Cresswell (6), Soucek (6), Rice (7), Noble (6), Antonio(6), Bowen (8), Fornals (5)

    Subs used: Anderson (5), Lanzini (5).

    Man of the match: Giovani Lo Celso

    Mourinho's men had struggled for fluidity in attack against their London rivals but a first league win in five moves them to seventh - six points off fourth-placed Chelsea - for now at least.

    Jarrod Bowen hit the post for West Ham before Kane made sure but a fifth defeat in six means David Moyes' beleaguered team stay above the relegation zone only on goal difference, having played a game more than the sides below them.

    Harry Kane scores against West Ham
    Image: Harry Kane scores against West Ham

    How fit-again Kane made sure for Spurs

    Both sides knelt again before kick-off in Spurs' cavernous stadium but it was West Ham who had early sight of goal when Michail Antonio cushioned a ball on his chest and flicked into the path of Mark Noble, whose penalty appeals were futile.

    The visitors were far perkier after a damaging defeat to Wolves and a double Spurs intervention was needed as Hugo Lloris blocked Antonio's angled shot with his shins, before Eric Dier repelled Bowen's follow-up.

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    Team news

    • Dele Alli and Lucas Moura returned to the Tottenham starting XI, with Giovani Lo Celso also coming in..
    • Steven Bergwijn, Erik Lamela and Harry Winks dropped to the Spurs bench.
    • West Ham made two changes, Ryan Fredericks and Fabian Balbuena replacing Felipe Anderson and Jeremy Ngakia.
    Aaron Cresswell holds off Harry Kane during Tottenham vs West Ham
    Image: Aaron Cresswell holds off Harry Kane during Tottenham vs West Ham

    But Moura, jinking to craft space, forced Lukasz Fabianski into a fingertip save at the other end and Kane, without a single touch in the penalty box against Manchester United, rifled one fierce effort and then flashed a header wide as Spurs sought a foothold.

    Mourinho watched on pensively as a string of home attacks instead fizzled out, and subsequent delight proved short-lived. Son spun to celebrate after cutting inside and drilling low into the corner, only for Stockley Park's red line to render him marginally offside. "That's what VAR has been brought in for," said Sky Sports' Jamie Redknapp. "Whether you like it or not, it's the right decision."

    Heung-Min Son's first-half goal was ruled out for a marginal offside
    Image: Heung-Min Son's first-half goal was ruled out for a marginal offside

    Moura should have found the net legitimately seconds later, side-footing wide when well-placed, but Spurs returned with fresh impetus, Dier taking aim and then Kane going close with an improvised flick at the byline.

    Pablo Fornals spurned a rare West Ham chance, scuffing Bowen's cut-back, but Spurs' aim remained equally off as Dele Alli dragged wide and Kane drilled across goal but just beyond the far post.

    The deadlock was finally broken in scrappy - and controversial - style.

    Soucek failed to adjust his feet as Moura flicked on Lo Celso's delivery, though replays showed the ball had brushed Sanchez's arm and Moyes fumed after full-time.

    Handball rule - Premier League via IFAB

    Any goal scored or created with the use of the hand or arm will be disallowed this season even if it is accidental.

    West Ham were agonisingly close to hitting back when Bowen struck an upright but Spurs instead doubled their lead within minutes, Kane timing his run to collect Son's pass and curling into the corner.

    The England striker might have grabbed a second from Serge Aurier's centre just before the whistle but Kane was already back in the goals after a six-month lay-off and back, as Mourinho predicted, in the headlines.

    Tottenham celebrate a goal against West Ham
    Image: Tottenham celebrate their victory against West Ham

    Man of the match - Giovani Lo Celso

    What the managers said

    Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho on Harry Kane: "I'm happy for him. Again, he worked a lot. He worked phenomenal during this period, even in lockdown he did amazing work in his house to recover, and then with us to get in condition to help the team. He had the power, the will to go, and then in front of the goalkeeper, I used to say a tired player misses the majority of the time, but facing Fabianski he was Harry, he didn't miss. he's coming back."

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    Jose Mourinho reflects on the importance of Tottenham's 2-0 win over London rivals West Ham

    "I am happy with lots of things today, first of all, the result, then the clean sheet. The team is more solid, the players have less doubt."

    West Ham boss David Moyes on Spurs' first goal: "I can't believe they've ruled it as a goal. We had a great goal ruled out against Sheffield United for something - and they've not ruled that one out? I don't think it's a particularly good rule but it's the rule. For them not to give that, I can't believe it.

    2:18
    West Ham manager David Moyes was furious with VAR David Coote

    "I thought the team worked really hard. We had a shape to make it difficult for Tottenham and we had chances in the game, so there were a lot of good things I can take from the game. They put in a tremendous amount of effort but ultimately we need points to go with it. We're lacking goals and are short on options to make that happen. We have to take our chances as we're not going to have loads of opportunities."

    2:05
    Bobby Zamora and Jamie Redknapp both felt there was a handball in the build up to Tottenham's first goal and felt VAR made the wrong decision

    Opta stats - Kane closes on Aguero

    • Spurs have won their first Premier League home game since February 2 versus Manchester City.
    • West Ham have lost seven consecutive away games in the Premier League for the first time since December 2006.
    • Spurs have completed the league double over West Ham for the first time since 2012-13.
    • West Ham have failed to score in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2015.
    • Harry Kane has now scored 137 goals in 200 appearances for Spurs in the Premier League - the only player in the competition's history to have scored more after 200 games for a club is Sergio Agüero (138).

    What's next?

    Tottenham face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane - live on Sky Sports - on Thursday July 2, while West Ham play Chelsea in another London derby that night before. That game is also live on Sky Sports.

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