Javier Hernandez Outlines Approach For Tottenham Hotspur Meeting

Glen Mclaughlin
September 24, 2017

A 10-man Tottenham Hotspurs beat West Ham 3-2 in the English Premier League (EPL)'s sixth round at the London Stadium on Saturday. Indeed, given Tottenham's away form, it is likely West Ham will play conservatively, and look to make gains on the wings via counterattacks.

Yet West Ham, to their credit, kept probing and pulled one back when Jose Fonte flicked Aaron Cresswell's corner onto the head of Hernandez, who steered it past Hugo Lloris for his third goal of the season.

Kane scored his first in the 35th minute.

Kane's blushes were spared when he flicked wide from two yards, as the offside flag was raised, while West Ham were forced to shuffle the pack when a groin injury ended Michail Antonio's participation early and Andy Carroll came on.

Four minutes later, Carroll once again conceded possession near halfway.

And when they finally got into the stadium, they sang the club's song heartily; cheered with gusto at the mention of each of their player's name as the stadium announcer read out the starting line-up, while jeering and booing those of the opposition. The rebound granted Kane an open goal, and he stroked calmly home. It's exciting to play this type of game.

An old-school target man, Carroll will provide a stern physical test for Tottenham's centre-back trio, but played through the middle, it's likely he'll find himself one-on-one with Davinson Sanchez, the middle of the back three, more often than not.

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Harry Kane (Spurs): Kane's two goals in the first half kicked off victory for Spurs, and his free-kick started the move that led to Eriksen's record-breaking goal.

GK Hugo Lloris, 7 - Had no chance with the close-range goals and came off his line to clear some risky balls in behind his defenders in the first half.

And then Spurs' Serge Aurier gets sent off for a second bookable offence to raise that hope a notch further up.

They were seriously wobbling in the 86th minute when Kouyate's bullet header from Arthur Masuaku's cross hit the net.

It's not that they didn't deserve it, they deserved it, they took their chances. Having been booked in the 64th minute, his foul on Carroll six minutes later was rash and there had been warning signs of his vulnerability. Here you can rely on the excellent guest results of "Tottenham". Tottenham at 3/5 represents value here.

However, Dembele's absence will always weaken Tottenham since few players possess such strength and skill to hold and carry the ball like the Belgian, though Sissoko did a decent enough job. But West Ham wanted it more on that Friday night.

"Those are the patterns that we want to repeat on Saturday", said Hammers manager Slaven Bilic on Thursday.

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