West Ham produced a late smash and grab to ruin interim Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood's first game in charge as two goals in the last 10 minutes gave Sam Allardyce’s team a 2-1 win and put them through to a League Cup semi-final with Manchester City.
An early second half goal from the returning Emmanuel Adebayor from Jermain Defoe's pinpoint cross looked to have sent a dominant Tottenham through to last four of the competition.
But West Ham ramped up the pressure and goals from Matt Jarvis and substitute Modibo Maiga poured further misery on the Tottenham faithful in the wake of their 5-0 defeat to Liverpool which cost Andre Villas-Boas his job.
Sherwood should have been happy with his side's first half performance despite the lack of a goal and Spurs began the second half as they stated the first by taking the match to West Ham. They had their reward with little over 20 minutes remaining as Adebayor smashed home his third goal in four appearances from Defoe’s cross. But the home side then inexplicably retreated into their shell and had Hugo Lloris to thank for a string of important saves.
But he could not keep out Jarvis’ close range finish from Matt Taylor’s lay-off with 10 minutes remaining and Maiga then stunned Spurs by finishing the job with a pinpoint header from Mohamed Diame’s cross.
Maiga then almost added to his first goal in over a year in stoppage time but his shot cannoned back off the crossbar.
To make matters worse, Andros Townsed is set for a lengthy lay-off after he hobbled off with a torn hamstring on 72 minutes.
PRE-MATCH: Spurs start the match with a 4-4-2 formation, Defoe joining Adebayor up front and with two wide men in Lennon and Townsend while West Ham make seven changes from the weekend.
2’ – GLARING MISS FROM DEFOE: He somehow smashes the ball wide of Adrian’s post from a few yards out after the ball found its way to him from Sigurdsson’s cross.
7’ – O’BRIEN NEARLY SCORES: But at the wrong end of the pitch! He deflects Lennon’s cross inches wide.
53’ – CONTROVERSY: Collins almost chips Lloris with the keeper off his line when West Ham should have played it gently back after an injury break.
67’ – GOAL (Tottenham 1-0 West Ham): Adebayor smashes Spurs into the lead from Defoe’s cross.
70’ – GREAT SAVE LLORIS: The Spurs keeper gets down well to save from Diame’s first touch.
74’ - GREAT SAVE LLORIS: He parries away a fierce Taylor shot following a mix-up between Chadli and Chiriches.
79’ – GOAL (Tottenham 1-1 West Ham): Jarvis smashes the Hammers level from Taylor’s lay-off
84’ - GOAL (Tottenham 1-2 West Ham): Maiga scores his first in over a year, heading home from Diame’s cross.
90+1’ - GREAT SAVE ADRIAN: He gets down to save Sigurdsson’s deflected shot
90+5’ – MAIGA HITS THE BAR: He nearly has a second but the woodwork comes to Tottenham’s rescue.
Spurs have not lost back-to-back games against West Ham since 1966.
Adebayor has scored in three of his last four appearances for Spurs.
Matt Jarvis scored on his 50th game for West Ham.
Maiga scored his first goal for over a year.
Tottenham went 125 minutes without a shot on goal.
Tottenham’s possession figure of 72% in the first half is higher than in any of their Premier League games this season.
TALKING POINT: Can things get any worse for Tottenham? It looked like Sherwood had installed new belief in Tottenham but as soon as they conceded one they crumbled again. The search for a new boss may be accelerated after this defeat.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur): His buccaneering runs could have ended in a hatful for Spurs but he now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Tottenham: Lloris 7; Walker 7, Chiriches 6, Capoue 6, Rose 6; Lennon 7, Dembele 6, Sigurdsson 6, Townsend 8; Adebayor 7, Defoe 7. Subs: Chadli 6, Holtby 6, Fryers 6.
West Ham United: Adrian 6, O'Brien 7, Rat 6, Collins 7, McCartney 6, Diarra 6, Taylor 7, Collison 6, J.Cole 5, Jarvis 7, C.Cole 6. Subs: Morrison 6, Maiga 7, Diame 6.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET