Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Tottenham tops West Ham in London derby
by Ian Plenderleith, December 9th, 2008 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[ENGLAND] Two second-half goals saw Tottenham Hotspur beat fellow Londoners West Ham United, 2-0, and continue its strong form since manager Harry Redknapp took over in October when it was winless and bottom of the league. The victory moved Spurs above West Ham on goal difference and into 15th place, three points ahead of the relegation zone.
 
Tottenham deserved the win by creating the better chances and playing the more fluent soccer in an average to decent game. Its goals came from a Ledley King header on 68 minutes and a wicked strike from Jamie O'Hara in the final minute, right after Tottenham's maligned keeper Heurelho Gomes saved the game for his team with saves from close-range efforts by Lucas Neill and David di Michele. In the first half, Tottenham's Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko struck the post.
 
West Ham moaned about a penalty not given when Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto possibly handled inside the penalty area. "It was a clear penalty when it was 1-0," manager Gianfranco Zola claimed. "The referee is a human being, he can make mistakes. Unfortunately for us it was a disappointing game because it was one we all wanted to win. I understand the fans' frustration. We gave everything to make them happy."
 
Redknapp, also a former West Ham manager, diplomatically claimed that he wanted to see West Ham "win every week" when they're not playing his team, but said Tottenham "were good value and deserved to win even after missing some great chances. We passed the ball well tonight at times and eventually we got the goal."
 
Goals scored weekend Dec. 6-8: 26 in 10 games (2.6 per game)
Goals scored 2008-09 season: 413 in 159 games (2.6 per game)

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Bradley Wright-Phillips    
"I thought Jermaine Jones reffed a good game today." -- New York Red Bull Bradley Wright-Phillips ...
The Good, the Bad and -- Messi conquers Spain     
[EUROPE IN A NUTSHELL] A Liverpool player falls asleep watching his team lose, a French golazo ...
Wright-Phillips befuddled, Donovan confident    
[MLS PLAYOFFS: Reaction] In a match that produced 10 yellow cards -- the most for an ...
A cavalcade of Bundesliga own goals     
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] World Cup champion Christoph Kramer scoring a 40-yard own goal earlier ...
What They're Saying: Sigi Schmid    
"If we weren't creating chances, I'd be concerned. But we're creating chances and we had some ...
NCAA Division I Women's Tournament Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Sunday] Top-ranked UCLA needed a goal from Sam Mewis in the 88th minute to beat ...
U.S. Abroad: Weekend Hot (and Cold) List    
Aron Johannsson scored his first goal in more than seven months for AZ in its 1-0 ...
WFC2 to set up shop on UBC campus    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Vancouver Whitecaps became the seventh MLS club to launch a second team in ...
Youth Boys Report: U.S. U-17s take third in Chile    
The U.S. under-17 national team fell to Brazil, 4-3, in its second game at the Copa ...
Youth Boys Report: Brazil edges U.S. U-17s in thriller    
The U.S. under-17 national team fell to Brazil, 4-3, in its second game at the Copa ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives