West Ham secured their Premier League status with a comfortable 2-0 win against 10-man Tottenham, whose Europa League hopes took a tough knock.
Although the resultant free-kick from Andy Carroll was tipped round the post by Hugo Lloris, West Ham soon took advantage, with the unfortunate Harry Kane getting the last touch to a Carroll header to deflect the ball into the net.
It was his last contribution of the afternoon as Tim Sherwood shuffled his side and replaced the forward with Vlad Chiriches.
Just before half-time, referee Phil Dowd awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box after a foul on Mark Noble by Michael Dawson. Downing stepped up to take it, and his shot sliced right through the supposed defensive wall, between Paulinho and Emmanuel Adebayor, and past the luckless Lloris.
It was Downing’s first goal for West Ham and he will doubtless be unbothered about the manner in which it came, but both the Tottenham manager and goalkeeper will have been particularly angry – particularly as Tim Sherwood had emphasised before the game that he believed he had picked a team that would put their bodies on the line in the quest for a Europa League place.
5’ - CHANCE! Lovely build-up play from Tottenham between Kane, Eriksen and Adebayor, but the latter plays it into the arms of Adrian.
24’ - RED CARD! Kaboul is sent off! He's the last man and brings down Downing, who's cutting across the field and doesn't have chance to get his shot in. It's outside the box, but it's a foul.
27’ - GOAL! Well. After a dramatic few minutes, West Ham take the lead. Carroll heads it across the Tottenham defence, and it takes a deflection off the top of Kane's head and into the net.
44’ - GOAL! It's Stewart Downing who takes it, and it slices right through the wall, between Adebayor and Paulinho. Terrible defending to give Downing his first goal for West Ham.
50’ - CHANCE! Great shot by Diame! Downing's ball in falls to him with his back to goal, and his overhead kick is batted away by Lloris.
56’ - SAVE! More great work from Lloris! Noble is left unmarked in the middle, but the goalkeeper is brave and comes out to meet the shot with his feet.
Tottenham have now won nine and lost three of their last 14 Premier League meetings with the Hammers (D2).
Roberto Soldado has not scored a Premier League away goal since October 20.
Andy Carroll has not scored a Premier League goal at Upton Park since March 2013.
Stewart Downing has now scored three league career goals v Tottenham, more than he has managed against any other single side.
Younes Kaboul is now the player with the most Premier League red cards for Spurs, overtaking Colin Calderwood, Michael Dawson and Mauricio Taricco (all of whom have three).
Tottenham's weak wall. The red card wasn’t at all controversial, but the Tottenham defending for that second goal certainly was. If they’d gone in at half-time just one goal down, could things have been different?
MAN OF THE MATCH
Andy Carroll (West Ham): The West Ham striker was dominant and powerful throughout and underlined his claims for a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.
West Ham: Adrian 6, Reid 6, McCartney 7, Nolan 6, Tomkins 6, Carroll 7, Taylor 7, Noble 7, Demel 6, Diame 7, Downing 7. Subs: Jarvis 6, C Cole 6, Nocerino N/A.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris 8, Naughton 6, Dawson 6, Kaboul 4, Rose 6, Lennon 6, Paulinho 6, Sigurdsson 6, Eriksen 6, Adebayor 6, Kane 5. Subs: Chiriches 6, Sandro 6, Soldado 6.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
#WHUFC 2-0 #THFC: Adebayor and Paulinho graciously step aside from free-kick as Spurs' best ever boss suffers troubling loss.
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