Livescore Friday, April 12

The early-season consistency of the Ange Postecoglou revolution has given way to a patchiness that could threaten Tottenham Hotspur’s push for the Champions League places. Spurs are in danger of becoming a little predictable, at times, and it is gradually leading to unpredictable scorelines at this crucial stage of the campaign.

To be clear, a draw away with West Ham United is far from a disastrous result. It is not even a bad result, really. But in the context of their recent matches – a 3-0 drubbing at Fulham, and a scraped victory at home to Luton Town – it did little to suggest that they are ferociously hunting down Aston Villa in fourth.

After just five minutes of this trip across town to the London Stadium, Spurs were strolling and passing as if these were the glory days of September all over again. Pass, pass, pass, and then Brennan Johnson converted at the back post. It was pretty football, leading to a pretty goal.

Just as they took a grip of this game, though, it slipped away from them in the London rain. West Ham fought back from a set piece, scoring through Kurt Zouma, and had many of the better opportunities over the course of the night.

In the end, both sides had reason to feel that two points had been lost. For Spurs, because this draw left them two points behind fourth-placed Villa, and because they had most of the possession. For David Moyes and West Ham, now three points behind sixth-placed Manchester United, because they failed to capitalise on the vulnerability in the visiting defence.

This was a night that ticked all the boxes for a classic London derby: two teams with ambitions of qualifying for Europe, a midweek game under the lights and a relentless, driving rain that slashed into the turf like falling arrows. The crowd could feel it and so could the players, who snapped into challenges from the off.

For West Ham’s players, roared on by a London Stadium crowd that is learning to love this arena, there was a clear sense of attacking adventure. Moyes is not known for creating the most flowing teams but his current side are often excellent to watch. Partly because of their exciting forwards, and partly because they often lack basic defensive security.

Johnson’s early goal for Spurs here, converted after Timo Werner had found space on the left, was the 55th that West Ham have conceded in the Premier League this season. To give that number some meaning, consider this: they conceded 55 in the whole of last season, when they finished 14th.

In other words, West Ham are a much better side than they were a year ago, despite being considerably worse defensively. Indeed, not since 2010/11 has a West Ham defence shipped goals as regularly as this year’s team.

Part of the issue for the home side was the continued suspension of defensive midfielder Edson Alvarez. When Alvarez does not play, West Ham are short of structural stability. Without him this season they have conceded three at Brentford, five at Fulham, four at Newcastle and two at Sheffield United.

In his absence, Spurs were able to impose their passing game in the early exchanges. Pedro Porro almost scored a second from range, before Son Heung-min’s curling effort was saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

But with players of the quality of Lucas Paqueta, Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen in their attack, West Ham always carry a threat. Before long, Paqueta began to scheme, Kudus started to run and Bowen was soon darting in behind the Spurs defence. The equaliser, flicked home off Zouma’s back from Bowen’s corner, was fully deserved.

There is a reason that Manchester City are such admirers of Paqueta. There is also a reason that the 26-year-old has made more than 40 appearances for Brazil. This is a playmaker of rare technical quality, and also a physical edge that allows him to thrive in a Moyes team.

For much of the first half, when he was not pulling the strings in midfield, Paqueta launched into tackles, chased the ball and bickered with James Maddison. One thumping shoulder-barge on Maddison, leaving the England midfielder winded on the turf, felt like it carried deepering significance.

Paqueta’s apparent feud with Maddison continued after the break, when the two players collided on the edge of West Ham’s penalty area. Once again, the collision ended with Maddison (admittedly the smaller man) on the turf and West Ham on the attack. One on one with Guglielmo Vicario, the Spurs goalkeeper, Michail Antonio’s shot was comically tame.

In terms of the flow of the match, the miss proved to be a turning point. Spurs rediscovered their composure and their rhythm, pinning West Ham back and popping the ball around the final third. Johnson and Porro both had space on the right, forcing the home side to defend fizzed crosses.

In truth, though, the early excitement of the occasion had begun to fade long before the end. Here were two good football teams, cancelling each other out. The evening had flipped, in the sense that it was Spurs who showed the more adventure in the latter stages, but neither team appeared overly keen to take any risks.

Proof of that could be seen in the fact that Moyes declined to make any substitutions. Clearly he felt this was a game too finely-balanced, and too tactically delicate, for any disruptive tactical moves. Instead West Ham grew increasingly comfortable with the idea of a point, just as Spurs grew increasingly incapable of creating any clear openings. A fair result, then, but not one that will fill Spurs with much enthusiasm as the run-in begins.

West Ham 1 Tottenham 1: as it happened

10:33 PM BST

David Moyes speaks to TNT Sports

I would have taken a point before the game, they’re a very good side Tottenham. I though we did a pretty good job on them [tactically]. We were a threat on a lot of things. I didn’t think we deserved to go behind but the players did a good job, we were a threat, they were a threat that’s why they’re going for the Champions League.

Michail should have scored but I think the referee would have given a foul [if he had].

Overall it will give us big confidence. We’ve been doing OK but for the setback at the weekend.

10:28 PM BST

Brennan Johnson speaks to the TNT Sports crew

We’re disappointed. For large parts of the game we dominated but we lacked that little bit of cutting edge.  We’re reasonably happy with the performance, it’s just that last bit we have to keep working on.

10:15 PM BST

And now in glorious colour

10:14 PM BST

Kurt Zouma, man of the match, speaks to TNT Sports

A very tense game today. Both teams wanted to win. We had a few chances at the end there and could have done better but we had to react after Saturday and I thought we did. That reaction is what we take from the game. I say to the boys we are family and we have ups and downs together. It’s good for the confidence and we have to play like this for the last games. Tottenham have a lot of rotations and attack with six. It took us some time to get used to that but when we did [they weren’t so much of a threat].

10:10 PM BST

Full time: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Chaos at the end as both sides fly up the other end with Antonio and Paqueta launching counters Bowen just failing to pick out Antonio and Son and Kulusevski bombing forward for Spurs until undone by congestion and the lack of a safe-cracking pass.

10:08 PM BST

90+4 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Spurs are tiki-taka-ing it around the box and eventually work  it into the middle for Sarr to head on to Udogie who shoots with his right from 16 yards… straight at the keeper. That was the match-winning chance at the death. No, hold on …

10:07 PM BST

Dispatch from London Stadium

Regrettably it feels as if this is fizzling out. A sense of both teams being happy with a point, which keeps Spurs within touching distance of the top four and West Ham still eyeing a fourth consecutive season of European football. Both scenarios each club would have dreamt of at the beginning of the year, but it is making for a disappointingly drab ending to a fun game.

There’s only one thing for it: bring on Kalvin Phillips. And ideally instruct him to come onto the pitch with both middle fingers raised.

10:06 PM BST

90+2 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Ward-Prowse swings it in deep with his right but Vicario strong-arms his way through the crowd to punch it away.

10:05 PM BST

90+1 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

The first of four minutes of stoppage time starts with a West Ham corner on the left.

10:04 PM BST

89 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Ings has had his tracksuit off for a good five minutes but Moyes has had second thoughts and told him to sit down.

West Ham free-kick for a foul on Ward-Prowse which they try to take quickly but can’t as the ref wants to show a yellow card.

Lo Celso ⇢ Johnson.

10:02 PM BST

87 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Hojbjerg is sent down the left by Son to cross. Coufal blocks it with his chest and the referee dismisses Hojbjerg’s shout for a penalty.

10:01 PM BST

85 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Paqueta feeds Bowen in down the right and his cross is turned behind for a corner by Van de Ven. Bowen fizzes over a very dangerous cross that bypasses Mavropanos and Soucek stretches but can’t get enough on it at the back post.

09:58 PM BST

83 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Moyes calls Ings back to the bench. Emerson and Antonio play a one-two down the left and Antonio strides the the byline and stands up a cross … that Vicario gobbles up.

09:57 PM BST

81 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Moyes is sticking with his starting XI after Saturday’s change backfired but for Spurs:

Richarlison ⇢ Werner

Hojbjerg ⇢ Bissouma.

09:55 PM BST

79 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Werner takes the ball off Sarr’s head at the back post with a flick  as he leapt to try to bury Porro’s cross. Did Pape Sarr give him a shout? I don’t think he did.

09:52 PM BST

77 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Johnson dinks a cross straight down Fabianski’s throat after facing up Emerson. Kulusevski is popping up all over the front line, far more mobile than Maddison if not with the passing vision and execution.

09:51 PM BST

Thoughts from London Stadium

Where might this West Ham team be with an improvement on Michail Antonio at centre-forward? He had to score that one-on-one but barely worked Vicario, despite the good fortune of Van de Ven falling over to present him with the chance.

Been hearing some grumbles about Zouma from West Ham pals for a while now but he’s been impressive this sevening. Key header won from Son when the Spurs captain looked likely to reach an up-and-under pass. Definitely helps to have the whole crowd bellowing your name to underline everything positive you do in a game, though.

Son increasingly doing the Harry Kane thing here of dropping deep in an attempt to involve himself more in the game. Now, as Kane did then, he is leading by example but it does not seem the wisest strategy to have your main striker haring about out of possession in his own half.

09:49 PM BST

75 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Kudus doesn’t stretch his legs to try to burn off Johnson, cuts infield and draws the foul instead.

09:48 PM BST

74 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Lovely cross from Pape Sarr from the right through the six-yard box that Coufal clears. Son was too far back. Richarlison might have been Johnny on the Spot or, just as likely, offside.

09:47 PM BST

72 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Werner cuts in from the left to bend a shot with his right into Zouma which balloons over the bar for a Spurs corner that Zouma heads out almost to halfway. A few seconds earlier Porro and Kulusevski had combined to work a shooting chance for Porro which he drives into a West Ham boot.

09:44 PM BST

69 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Son stutters his run down the inside left to shift it to Maddison to pop Porro down the outside to shoot … straight at Fabianski.

Double Spurs’ change:

Kulusevski ⇢ Maddison

Sarr ⇢ Bentancur.

09:42 PM BST

67 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Kudus, who has had a poor second half by his standards, loses the ball to Romero up the West Ham left and you can hear a lone voice cry out;’ Take him off, take him off.’ But for whom?

09:40 PM BST

65 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Soucek loses the ball in midfield and lets Johnson steal a march on a 20 yard run into the box but Emerson gets across to tap the ball away with the toes of his left foot as Johnson tacked across the D. Udogie sends the ball back into the middle from the left and Son shimmies to find some space before thumping a right-foot riser into the side-netting. Don’t think near post was his best option there.

09:37 PM BST

63 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Yellow card for Bentancur for a foul on Emerson. Enjoyable game this. Both sides have extremely watchable players.

09:36 PM BST

61 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Antonio powers through the middle and exploits a stumbling Van de Ven to go through one-on-one with the keeper but he scuffs a daisycutter with the back half of his boot straight at Vicario’s legs. Paqueta seemed to have fouled Maddison in the build-up.

09:33 PM BST

59 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Soucek cuts out Maddison’s cross from the right but it’s all Spurs at the moment and they look menacing every time they work the ball down the right and use Maddison, Porro and Johnson in triangles.

09:31 PM BST

Live from London Stadium

Some moments of grace from both number 10s. Paqueta took his marker Bentancur out of the game with a simple but smooth drag-back to work the ball onto his left foot and nearly scored from just outside the box.

Some close control from Maddison at the other end briefly opened up West Ham’s defence in a way that has not looked possible for most of the game so far. Home side suddenly looking a touch dishevelled and dropping deeper.

Moyes has reached the disbelieving head-shake stage of the season at every refereeing decision against his team.

09:31 PM BST

57 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Coufal turns his back to block Maddison’s left-foot drive nonetheless as Spurs enjoy a spell of possession, knocking the ball around with one-touch until Porro, Johnson and Maddison work it to Son in the box who can’t turn quick enough to get a shot away. As West Ham poke the ball out of the box, Bissouma meets it with his instep and curls it close bit not close enough, the ball kissing the back of the side-netting.

09:28 PM BST

54 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Antonio is booked for taking tenacity in the tackle a bit too far on Bentancur. Spurs work the free-kick down the right and Johnson ships in another low cross that invites Son to turn it in at the near post but he misses the ball with his flick.

09:26 PM BST

52 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Paqueta arrows a shot towards the top left but it keeps risisng. Spurs are teetering here, panicking at every West Ham set-piece.

09:24 PM BST

50 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Bowen whips over the corner, an inswinger with his left that Mavropanos meets and bullets at goal. Vicario blocks it and is given a free-kick before the Greece centre-half can have a second bite because Antonio was offside and trying to impede the keeper.

09:23 PM BST

48 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Here comes Coufal bombing down the right to chase a long pass from Bowen. He takes the throw-in that comes off Udogie a bit quickly, hurling it straight to Bentancur but the Uruguay midfielder passes to Antonio astonishingly and he thumps a 20-yard shot that Vicario bats away and Udogie scrambles behind for a corner.

09:20 PM BST

46 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

No changes as West Ham kick off and concede a free-kick high on their right. Hoods and brollies are down again.

09:08 PM BST

Half-time verdict

Fans streaming for the exits long before half-time here, but I expect they’ll be coming back shortly, unlike the game against Spurs’ north London neighbours here when thousands decamped to Westfield with West Ham already 4-0 down.

A small rally towards the end of the half from Spurs but aside from the opening 10 minutes it has been the home side with the majority of pressure, territory and chances. Once again attention drifts to those benches. Feels likely that one of Kulusevski, Richarlison or Lo Celso will have some joy running at a tiring West Ham defence in the second half. Equally Ben Johnson or Aaron Cresswell might pitch in with half an hour of relief full-backing.

Tough to call from here but what the hell, let’s be bold. 5-5 FT.

09:04 PM BST

Half-time: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Zouma heads the third corner in a minute out to the edge of the area, Bentancur slashes a shot wide and the referee blows for half-time.

09:03 PM BST

45+1 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Kudus diligently tracks Porro back and gets his toe in to stop the cross at the price of a Spurs corner which Emerson heads away in front of the near post. Back come Spurs with Maddison and Soucek forces the ball behind for another corner and then another by virtue of Soucek’s header.

09:01 PM BST

44 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

The referee, John Brooks, finally locates his yellow card and books Van de Ven for pushing the ball away after a fine tackle on Antonio but he didn’t want him taking a quick throw-in while the Dutchman was on the ground.

08:59 PM BST

42 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Paqueta is penalised for fouling Bentancur who, like Anthony Gordon, managed to get hos foot in front to invite the foul. A few seconds later Paqueta sends Maddison tumbling on to the grass with a bodycheck and the Spurs’ playmaker refuses a hand of apology. West Ham have been much better, using the space behind the surging full-backs.

08:57 PM BST

40 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Vicario claws the corner off Zouma’s brow right at the last minute. Hair-raising but ultimately good goalkeeping.

08:56 PM BST

Live from London Stadium

Pleasantly poised now, Spurs looking a bit tentative after beginning the game with an air of superiority. I’ve seen them ease off and soak up pressure several times this season, think it’s all part of the Postegocglouplan. Start strong, conserve some energy, keep something in the tank to rescue you from whatever mess you’ve got yourself into during phase two.

Some uncertain keeping so far from Vicario. Not looking entirely convincing under high balls from corner in this weather and a younger man than Antonio might have been on to his unsteady parry from Bowen’s shot more quickly. No arguments for his punch away from the JWP free kick though.

Lots went through Werner in the opening minutes and he seemed to have the beating of Coufal at right-back but Mavropanos has been out to help his full-back more as the half has worn on and West Ham are asserting themselves higher up the pitch all the time. A few marginal fouls not awarded too which suggests they might get the benefit of the doubt on one soon.

08:55 PM BST

38 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Bowen wins a corner with a terrific piece of control to bring down Kudus’s long crossfield switch deftly before turning and whacking his cross into Van de Ven’s block.

08:53 PM BST

36 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

West Ham free-kick 25 yards out, right of the D for Romero’s bulldozing of Bowen. Ward-Prowse takes and bends over the wall, getting it to dip but Vicario moves sharply to his left and slaps it away from beneath the bar.

08:51 PM BST

34 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Maddison drops deeper and deeper, behind Bissouma and Bentancur to take the ball off Romero with the full-backs pushed high and infield. Savage doesn’t want to see him so deep but it makes for an interesting shape, virtually 2-1-2-2-2-1 at times with the wingers wide.

08:49 PM BST

32 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

That was a case of ‘You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours’ from Spurs’ wingers but, as ever, Werner seems more confident in providing than finishing. The rain has stopped!

08:47 PM BST

29 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Kudus thinks he has got the better of Maddison but the Spurs’ No10 hits the deck and earns a free-kick I’m not sure he deserved. Spurs take it quickly and slide Johnson down the right to whip in a cross and catches Werner on his heels. That could have been a mirror image of the opening goal but Rip van Werner was fast asleep and Postecoglou’s hands clutch his temples.

08:45 PM BST

Live from London Stadium

Unusual goal to process in the stadium, because West Ham’s fans greet everything Kurt Zouma does well with “Zoooooommmm!” which clearly sounds a lot like “boooooo”. His afterparty took him over towards the assistant and was from the defiant/angry school. That combination of noise and visuals had my brain thinking “offside” but nothing wrong with the goal, other than the mild embarrassment of Spurs of conceding to a missed header which banged in off a defender’s back.

I always get the sense this stadium is ready to mobilise against West Ham at any moment during trickier games. Already we’ve had some frustrated noises when the home side has laboured into closing down Son or misjudged passes out of defence. Unusual for a club to spend so many years playing in front of roughly 25,000 of their own fans to more like 50,000.

When things are going well you can forget the failures of sightlines and aesthetics, the noise alone is enough to convince you this was a move with no downside. But the grumbles are louder too and the overall mood feels precarious tonight. For now the home support is bonding and united, standing up because they hate Tottenham.

08:44 PM BST

27 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Porro fluffs an opportunity to play Maddsion through and Johnson’s effort to make amends with a zippy, low cross is turned away by Zouma.

08:42 PM BST

25 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

Bissouma catches Bowen across his calves 15 yards inside the West Ham half. The home crowd want a yellow card but it wasn’t that bad. West Ham work the ball upfield quickly to the left of the box and Paqueta’s smart feet invite Bowen to shoot from 18 yards but his shot rebounds off Udogie back into his shins and bobbles tamely towards Vicario.

08:40 PM BST

23 min: West Ham 1 Spurs 1

It’s absolutely stair-rodding it down at the Olympic Stadium but West Ham fans are on their feet and exultant, making a rare old racket after the tentative hush pierced by howls of exasperation after Spurs’ opener.

Van de Ven’s pace allows him to catch Bowen and tackle him with an excellent tackle, coming away with the ball and sweeping it upfield.

08:35 PM BST


West Ham 1 Tottenham 1 (Zouma)  Whipped inswinger from Bowen. Great movement from Souma to step across from the back post, leaving Udogie for dead but the connection was a total fluke. He flicked his head too soon, missed the ball with his head but it hit him at the top of the back, between the shoulder blades, and went in from six yards.

08:35 PM BST

18 min: West Ham 0 Spurs 1

West Ham are enjoying some hopeful moments down the right and Coufal and Bowen earn a corner off Van de Ven.

08:33 PM BST

16 min: West Ham 0 Spurs 1

As Spurs wide men hug the whitewash in possession, Udogie and Porro play as twin No 10s. Now Udogie wins a free-kick on the left that Maddison whips in and Paqueta heads out.

08:31 PM BST

14 min: West Ham 0 Spurs 1

Better from West Ham, trying to exploit the space behind Porro with Kudus linking up to try to find Bowen with a ball over the top of the back four that eluded his outstretched leg and skipped through to Porro.

Joe Cole says Ward-Prowse and Soucek are being run ragged by Maddison, Werner and Johnson.

08:29 PM BST

12 min: West Ham 0 Spurs 1

West Ham look badly rattled and let Son find the room down the inside left to get off a shot that flies fortunately straight at Fabianski.

08:28 PM BST

Live from London Stadium

More or less since kick-off it has been striking how wide Spurs are set up across their front line. Werner and Johnson began by hugging their respective touchlines which initially looked to be making their approach play more complicated, but it took five minutes for the strategy to bear fruit.

That switch from winger to winger, Werner to Johnson for the opening goal, is becoming Spurs’ signature move this season. The way Johnson read the play and drifted in to find space once he saw Werner released by Udogie was impressive. It was one of those goals which looked far too easy from the defensive side, but was also the product of some intelligent movement.

Kudus looking the brightest spark for West Ham and Bowen’s miss from his cross shortly before the opening goal was a glaring one. He looked like a centre-back who’d found himself in the six yard box unexpectedly and panicked. More goals in this, surely?

08:27 PM BST

9 min: West Ham 0 Spurs 1

Porro drives forward and is found to the right of the D from where he flays a right-foot shot that never seems to lose any pace as it whistles past the left post.

08:26 PM BST

7 min: West Ham 0 Spurs 1

West Ham fly out of the traps from the kick-off, stung by that goal. Coufal bombs down the right and earns a corner that Vicario flaps at and Kudus tries to lance in with a kung fu volley that connects with Romero’s elbow and goes behind for a corner.

08:20 PM BST


West Ham 0 Spurs 1 (Johnson) Excellent left-sided triangle worked by Spurs between Udogie, Bentancur and Werner, the latter being sent down the left of the box by Maddison with a lovely pass. He pulls it back through the six-yard box and Johnson ran off Zouma in his dart in from the right wing to arrive in the middle and steer it in from close range with his right foot.

08:20 PM BST

5 min: West Ham 0 Spurs 0

Sloppy from Porro dwelling on a pass and he was blindsided by Kudus who robbed him and then whipped over a cross on this slick pitch that Bowen meets at the near post, a bit too square on, and stands wide.

08:19 PM BST

3 min: West Ham 0 Spurs 0

Van de Ven knocks the ball around the back four and then up to Maddison. Bowen steals in but can’t do anything with it, Spurs strip him of possession and have another spell of possession until they lose it for a third time and Bowen, Coufal and Antonio take it forward. Romero tackles him.

08:17 PM BST

1 min: West Ham 0 Spurs 0

Spurs kick off and roll it back to Romero who stands stock still like he’s playing musical statues for a few seconds before testing Emerson with a ball up the West Ham left. Bubbles sweep across the field as the Spurs fans sing their slow version of When the Spurs Go Marching In.

08:15 PM BST

In the dark

Bit of local colour for you: it is dark. This is the stuff you simply cannot get when watching football on TV.

Anyway, this is of course the only excuse a Premier League team needs for a preposterous pre-game show. The floodlights are switched off and many in the crowd accommodatingly switch on their phone torches. Fireworks with a budget of most League Two teams, a woeful muscular rock into DnB soundtrack, moody irons light up the big screens.

Meanwhile the teams are in the tunnel, the rain continues to pour and, thankfully the lights have come back on. Bit of bubbles, both song and literal, and crowd has found its voice. Spurs fans too, some gesturing mockingly towards the home fans. Big gestures required, they are about 100 feet away from them.

08:14 PM BST

The teams are in the tunnel

Cue Bubbles as they walk out – West Ham in claret and blue, Spurs in all white. Zouma doesn’t wear short white ankle socks like most of his team-mates, making the claret clash with his black boots unattractively. Niche sartorial concerns? We’ve got them …

Oh woe … it’s Robbie Savage on co-comms.

08:03 PM BST

Ache and pain in the East End

David Moyes is out on the pitch watching the warm-ups with a stern look on his face. Not a shuttle run out of place lads, the boss is watching.

No sign of Ange Postecoglou although the various punditry teams are sheltering under enormous umbrellas so quite feasible he is under one of those. Equally feasible he has chosen to stay dry in the dressing room and do a Sudoku.

John Moncur is talking under one of the umbrellas and reckons it’s perfect football weather. Makes up for an imperfect football stadium

07:48 PM BST

David Moyes chats to TNT

Hopefully we can get the game from Saturday out of our system and show what we can do tonight. As I said there were some very positive things at Newcastle … when we were winning I’d have liked us to have been a bit tougher and we’ve been conceding a few goals which we have to eradicate.

But with the short turnaround there hasn’t been much time to do any work [on the training ground]. We have to make sure to turn the ball over and cause them problems on the counter.

When you’re a player and you’ve had a [bad] result, you want to come out and get the chance to show you can do it. They’re getting that opportunity tonight in a big London derby, so let’s hope we turn up and show what we can do.

07:40 PM BST

Don’t try this at home

07:37 PM BST

Ange Postecoglou speaks to TNT Sports

A good opportunity to freshen the team up. The three lads add pace and energy which is what we’ll need. You always go into games expecting the opposition to be at their best. Look at that front four, it has running strength, dribbling strength.

The evolution of my coaching career, the high press is just part of the way the game is going. In this league if you’re not at it – I just like defending high up the park. I think our press has been the best part of our game this season, the most consistent.

Son is an outstanding person and outstanding player. He will go down as a legend of this club.

I’m not dismissing Champions League football but I don’t want to see us making that the be-all and end-all. I want us to finish the season strong and keep improving, then strengthen in the off-season.

07:32 PM BST

Having done the Newcastle match …

I should have remembered that Fabianski ended the match but hadn’t started it. Joseph Anang, tonight’s No2, has yet to make his West Ham debut, having had spells on loan at Stevenage and St Pat’s in the League of Ireland. He’s 23 now.

07:27 PM BST

Bench riches for Tottenham

Right, please both curb your enthusiasm and settle down because I have just been handed a team-sheet. You usually hear that from someone at a football match and think it is a figure of speech, but a kind gentleman in a West Ham tie has just worked the room and I am in proud possession of a piece of A5 which reveals the three changes for Spurs as Rob has mentioned and West Ham’s change of keeper after Areola’s injury at Newcastle.

In other words: nothing earth-shattering. Settled look to both teams, which I suppose what you would expect of clubs largely performing well at this stage in the season. Certainly more promise on the Spurs bench, though. Richarlison, Kulusevski, Sarr and Hojbjerg all highly useful. Ings, Cornet, Ogbonna and cursed Kalvin Phillips less exciting options for the home side.

07:25 PM BST

And now for those of you watching in black and white …

West Ham United  Fabianski; Coufal, Mavropanos, Zouma, Emerson; Soucek, Ward-Prowse; Bowen, Lucas Paqueta, Kudus; Antonio.
Substitutes  Anang, Johnson, Cresswell, Phillips, Cornet, Ings, Ogbonna, Earthy, Mubama.

Tottenham Hotspur  Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Bissouma, Bentancur; Johnson, Maddison, Werner; Son.
Substitutes  Austin, Hojbjerg, Dragusin, Richarlison, Emerson, Lo Celso, Kulusevski, Sarr, Davies.

Referee  John Brooks (Melton Mowbray).

07:18 PM BST

Three changes for Spurs

Van de Ven is back, Bentancur and Johnson start in place of Dragusin, Kulusevski and Sarr:

07:16 PM BST

Fabianski starts in place of injured Areola

Aguerd hasn’t made it. Phillips stays on the bench:

04:40 PM BST

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04:37 PM BST

Preview: All eyes on Phillips

Good evening and welcome to live coverage of Tottenham’s trip to West Ham, fifth playing seventh, when a victory for the visitors by more than two goals, their first at the London Stadium since the 3-2 victory in 2019 in Jose Mourinho’s debut as Spurs’ manager. That was under Manuel Pellegrini but since then David Moyes has won two and drawn one of three home Premier League games against Tottenham and oversaw the comeback victory last December at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium that left Son Heung-min remarking: “It was unacceptable. We were soft.”

West Ham’s surrender of a 3-1 lead at Newcastle on Saturday ended a run of four unbeaten and once again emphasised that they don’t have an alternative centre-forward who can do the attacking and defensive work the 34-year-old Michail Antonio can manage for about an hour of each match. Newcastle harnessed a whirlwind to overwhelm them but there was appalling game management from Moyes’ side to go with the costly individual errors of Messrs Phillips and Coufal. All eyes will be on Phillips on the bench after he disgraced himself by ‘flipping the bird’ at a critical supporter. Fancy a proud son of Wortley lowering himself with such an Americanism. Save it for the Yanks. Please remember we use two fingers here…

Spurs have had a ropey record on the road since Christmas, losing two and drawing two of five having won five of nine before, but absolutely marmalised Aston Villa in a wonderful performance that gave them the initiative in the race for fourth before they collapsed at Fulham. Even so they are on Villa’s coat-tails and could go level on points with eight to play if they win tonight or climb above them on goals scored if they win by two or goal difference if they manage to win by more.

Tottenham are at full strength save for their three long-term absentees – Fraser Forster, Ryan Sessegnon and Manor Solomon – but West Ham lost their first choice Premier League goalkeeper, Alphonse Areola, at Newcastle, the influential Edson Alvarez is still suspended but Nayef Aguerd, who returned from international duty with Morocco under the weather, trained yesterday and should be available.

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