Tottenham hammered to 3-0 defeat at home by West Ham
It was a day to forget for Tottenham Hotspur, a team that has impressed at every turn this season. The London club was hammered to a 3-0 defeat by West Ham United, although Spurs were hot-favorites to win since they were playing at home, the White Hart Lane.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas claims the defeat should be “a wake-up call” for his men, who recorded a lethargic performance against the Hammers. The Portuguese tactician was clearly miserable by the performance of his team.
The attack was uncoordinated and lacked efficiency. Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed the lion’s share of ball possession, but somehow at the end of the day West Ham United were the ones with the largest number of attacks and greatest number of shots on goal.
Interestingly, prior to defeat to West Ham United the Spurs had only conceded two goals in the Premier League. Moreover, Tottenham Hotspur have won four of the six matches he has faced in the league.
The Hammers ran an open riot in North London after the defeat. It took round about 13 minutes for West Ham United to change the scoreline to a point from where it would be impossible for Tottenham Hotspur to record a comeback.
Villas-Boas, who suffered the biggest defeat at home during his tenure at Tottenham Hotspur, has asked men to remain steadfast, show courage and prepare for the worst.
“It's a wake-up call that we have to react to, we have to bounce back and I trust the team to do that,'' Villas-Boas said. “I think we can't undermine what we have been doing up to now. Obviously it's a defeat. Had we won this game we would have been just one point behind. It's something we don't like, but we have to put into perspective of what we've done before.”
Tottenham Hotspur are now sixth on the Premier League table. They are on level terms with fifth-placed Manchester City. Both teams have 13 points, but Manchester City is a float because of a better goal difference.