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
and David di Michele
. In the first half, Tottenham's Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko
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
26 in 10 games (2.6 per game) Goals scored 2008-09 season:
413 in 159 games (2.6 per game)