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Tottenham 0-3 West Ham

Ravel Morrison

Ravel Morrison scored a superb solo goal as West Ham earned a vital win against Tottenham to climb out of the Premier League's bottom three.

Winston Reid's close-range effort just after the hour gave the Hammers a first away goal of the season.

A ricochet off Ricardo Vaz Te doubled the lead before Morrison ran the length of the Spurs half to chip in.

Sam Allardyce

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Penny's dropped for Morrison - Allardyce

Tottenham's best chances fell to Jermain Defoe but he was denied by West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

West Ham's first away win in nine Premier League games was their first at White Hart Lane since 1999 and lifts them to 13th in the table. Meanwhile, Spurs' second defeat of the season ended a six-game unbeaten run and sees them drop to sixth.

It was more of a surprise given that Andre Villas-Boas's side had the joint-tightest defence in the league, having conceded only twice before this encounter.

But the day arguably belonged to Morrison, 20, who capped a confident and hard-working display with a goal that underlined a talent that many observers have spoken of in glowing terms.

The former Manchester United player was called into the England Under-21 squad last week and this performance showed that the youngster could perhaps now turn the corner after having questions asked of his temperament.

Before Morrison's move to East London in January 2012, then United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: "He's got a great talent but it's how to deal with it that is important."

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce took the unusual step of naming no recognised strikers in his side, as Morrison rotated with Mohamed Diame as the furthest player forward, but it proved a masterstroke.

Morrison was the visitors' most potent player in the first half and they almost took the lead when he was tripped near the edge of the box.

Rather than take a shot, Mark Noble enterprisingly scooped the ball over the wall and Kevin Nolan volleyed just wide from an angle.

At the other end, Andros Townsend gave watching England manager Roy Hodgson something to think about ahead of the World Cup qualifiers with another performance of direct running and confident dribbling.

But, despite several decent crosses from the right, Defoe could not make contact on his first Premier League start of the season.

Andre Villas-Boas

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Defeat a wake-up call - Villas-Boas

Despite their tight defence, Villas-Boas's side have only scored six goals in six games prior to this match and their frustrations in front of goal continued after the break when Jaaskelainen twice thwarted Defoe.

James Tomkins had a header well saved by Hugo Lloris from a corner, yet it was Tottenham who began to show the greater purpose and Reid's opener on 66 minutes came against the run of play.

Reid expertly headed Stewart Downing's corner towards goal only for it to be blocked by Nolan on the line. The ball bounced back to the Kiwi and he made no mistake with the rebound.

Vaz Te added a fortunate second soon after. The Portuguese was found by Noble and his tame shot hit Loris before bouncing back to him and in off his knee.

There was nothing lucky about Morrison's goal, though. He collected Diame's clever flick and ran with the ball before taking on Michael Dawson and signalling his talent with a wonderfully composed finish.

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 25Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 16NaughtonSubstituted forHoltbyat 81'minutes
  • 19Dembélé
  • 20Dawson
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 17Townsend
  • 8Paulinho
  • 18Defoe
  • 23EriksenSubstituted forSoldadoat 74'minutes
  • 22SigurdssonSubstituted forLamelaat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Chiriches
  • 9Soldado
  • 11Lamela
  • 14Holtby
  • 21Chadli
  • 24Friedel
  • 30Sandro

West Ham

  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 20Demel
  • 8Rat
  • 15Morrison
  • 5Tomkins
  • 2Reid
  • 21DiaméSubstituted forCollinsat 80'minutes
  • 16NobleSubstituted forO'Brienat 90+1'minutes
  • 12Vaz TeSubstituted forColeat 86'minutes
  • 4Nolan
  • 23Downing

Substitutes

  • 7Jarvis
  • 11Maiga
  • 13Adrián
  • 17O'Brien
  • 19Collins
  • 26Cole
  • 30Petric
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
35,977

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home14
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, West Ham United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, West Ham United 3.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Stewart Downing.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Winston Reid (West Ham United).

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Joey O'Brien replaces Mark Noble.

Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

Winston Reid (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mark Noble.

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Cole (West Ham United).

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Cole (West Ham United).

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Joe Cole replaces Ricardo Vaz Te.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Kyle Walker tries a through ball, but Roberto Soldado is caught offside.

Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ravel Morrison (West Ham United).

Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by James Collins.

Attempt blocked. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Dawson.

Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Lewis Holtby replaces Kyle Naughton.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. James Collins replaces Mohamed Diamé.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 0, West Ham United 3. Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross.

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Roberto Soldado replaces Christian Eriksen.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 0, West Ham United 2. Ricardo Vaz Te (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Ricardo Vaz Te (West Ham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Noble with a through ball.

Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Tomkins (West Ham United).

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 0, West Ham United 1. Winston Reid (West Ham United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin Nolan following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Winston Reid (West Ham United) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Arsenal7511616
2Liverpool7511616
3Chelsea7421614
4Southampton7421514
5Man City7412913
6Tottenham7412113
7Everton7331112
8Hull7322-111
9Man Utd7313110
10Aston Villa7313110
11Newcastle7313-310
12West Brom723219
13West Ham722328
14Cardiff7223-28
15Swansea7214-37
16Stoke7214-37
17Fulham7214-47
18Norwich7214-47
19Crystal Palace7106-83
20Sunderland7016-111
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