Mourinho era starts in victory as Spurs win at West Ham
Harry Kane leaps into third place in Tottenham's all-time goalscoring list with what proved to be the winner at the London Stadium
23 November, 2019 — By Paul Cowling
WEST HAM 2 (Antonio 75, Ogbonna 90+6)
TOTTENHAM 3 (Son 36, Moura 43, Kane 49)
HARRY Kane added more stardust to his glittering footballing career as Spurs opened the Jose Mourinho era with a comfortable win at the London Stadium, despite a couple of late goals for West Ham.
The England marksman leapfrogged Martin Chivers into third place in Tottenham’s all-time goalscoring list as he scored what proved to be the winner in a 3-2 victory.
After the match, Mourinho celebrated this rare away win. He said: “For the first time in 11 months, there is music in the away dressing room. I am very happy for the boys.”
Spurs, who notched up their first away win since January, had headed into the match with the Hammers on the back of their worst winless run for 10 years.
For his first starting line up, Mourinho brought back Harry Winks and Toby Alderweireld, while Lucas Moura came in for the unfit Tanguy Ndombele.
There was an enforced place on the bench for 20 year old keeper Brandon Austin, following Michel Vorm’s calf injury picked up in training.
Spurs started on the front foot with Kane having an effort ruled out for offside on four minutes. But West Ham dug in to frustrate and the match became bogged down in a boring stalemate.
In the 36th minute, however, that all changed. Mourinho was out of his seat and pumping his fist in the air as Heung-Min Son livened things up, to put Spurs 1-0 up. Dele Alli put the burners on to cross for the South Korean to fire past Hammers hapless keeper, Roberto.
Son then turned provider in the 43rd minute as Lucas Moura made it 2-0. Alli was instrumental in the build-up, somehow managing to keep the ball in play despite being on the floor.
Kane scored Tottenham’s third on 49 minutes with an easy header from a Serge Aurier cross. The Tottenham talisman has now scored 175 first team goals, and this was his 11th club goal of the season.
“We’re winning away,” bellowed the Tottenham contingent. This was the cue for more than a few Hammers fans to make for the exits.
Substitute Michail Antonio pulled one back in the 75th minute to make it 3-1 as West Ham started to dominate the closing stages of the game.
Wantaway Great Dane Christian Eriksen then came on for a late cameo appearance to replace an invigorated Alli.
Mourinho heaped praise on the out of favour England midfielder, who he had described as playing like an imposter “brother” in midweek.
He added: “I am happy with him. I spent a few minutes with him in training, and we were saying the best Dele Alli has come back.
“He was brilliant for 65 minutes. You cannot be one of the best players in the world and not be in the national team.”
Mourinho and Alli then watched from the away dug out as West Ham tried to make a fist of it and bring some respectability to the scoreline.
There was an easy decision for VAR when Declan Rice was clearly offside with an 89th minute header. Angelo Ogbonna did, however, add some gloss to the scoreline for the home side when his effort made it 3-2 deep into six minutes of injury time.
Despite banishing the Spurs away day blues, Mourinho expressed a little disappointmetnt at the final score. He said: “I was really happy before we conceded the two goals. We were playing well.”
West Ham: Jimenez; Fredericks, Diop (Sanchez 65), Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Yarmolenko (Fornals 56) , Noble, Snodgrass; Felipe Anderson (Antonio 46), Haller
Subs not used: Balbuena, Zabaleta, Martin, Ajeti
Spurs: Gazzaniga; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies (Rose 77); Winks, Dier, Lucas Moura (Sissoko 82) , Ali (Eriksen 79), Son Heung-Min, Kane
Subs not used: Walker-Peters, Celso, Foyth, Austin