Bad News From White Hart Lane

“I love football. Not.”

1300: GOALFLASH Tottenham 1-0 West Ham (Modric, 11.)
Tottenham goal: He’s looked by far the most threatening player on the pitch already this match and Aaron Lennon carves the opening goal, bursting down the right and cutting it back – via a deflection – for Luka Modric to bundle home on his first start since August.

1302: To add insult to injury, West Ham also lose Scott Parker – the key midfielder limping off with what looks a recurrence of his hamstring injury to be replaced by Luis Jimenez. Ouch.

1308: Blimey, the Hammers players are dropping like flies. Herita Ilunga is now forced to come off, Jonathan Spector coming off the bench, and Radio 5 Live reports Jack Collison is limping as well.

Tottenham 1-0 West Ham HT

1428: Tottenham goal 2-0
Just as West Ham look as if they sniff a smash-and-grab equaliser, Jermain Defoe puts the match to bed. The former Hammer collects the ball on the counter attack, drifts past a couple of defenders and when his initial crunching shot is only parried by Robert Green he drills the rebound into the roof of the net from 16 yards out.

1440: FULL TIME Tottenham 2-0 West Ham

1443: That’s that, then, at White Hart Lane and apart from a few nervous “what ifs” midway
through the second half, it rarely gets much more comfortable than that for Tottenham. Harry Redknapp’s side move up to fourth and that’s a fourth straight clean sheet in the league for the first time since February 2001 for them. As for West Ham – well as good as they were against Portsmouth was as poor as they were today, though they were not helped by injuries. They stay 17th.

Chubbsthehammer via text: “That was fun, 4-5-1 failing yet again! Injuries aplenty. I love football. Not.”

Text from: BBC Sport Football LIVE

Tottenham: Gomes; Dawson, Corluka (yellow card), King, Assou-Ekotto (Bale 87), Huddlestone, Lennon (Jenas 89), Palacios, Modric (Kranjcar 83), Crouch, Defoe (yellow card)
Subs not used: Alnwick, Hutton, Bassong, Keane
Goals: Modric 11, Defoe 81
West Ham: Green; Upson, Ilunga (Spector 19), Tomkins, Parker (Jimenez 12), Kovac (yellow card), Faubert, Behrami, Collison (Stanislas 79) , Franco (yellow card), Alessandro Diamanti (yellow card)
Subs unused: Stech, Da Costa, Payne, Nouble
Ref: Foy
Att: 35,994

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