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West Ham   1 - 0   Tottenham

Frederic Piquionne scores for West Ham
Piquionne's header secured West Ham's first win of the Premier League season

By Chris Whyatt

West Ham moved off the bottom of the table with a display full of promise as they beat London rivals Tottenham for the first time since May 2006.

Playing with real verve at a buoyant Upton Park, the Hammers won a riveting match thanks to Frederic Piquionne's powerful 29th-minute header.

Spurs were largely out of sorts, but Tom Huddlestone missed a good chance to equalise after rounding Robert Green.

The hosts dug deep late on to clinch a first league win of the season.

Victory for a West Ham side which was threatened by relegation during the 2009-10 campaign also marks the first occasion that Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has been beaten by his former club since he left Upton Park in 2001.

Redknapp may well be concerned that his talented squad are already stretched from the extra demands of Champions League football this season, but he knows the north Londoners will not have too many days like this.

The real test was for the Hammers, who went into the match with only two points from their opening five games.

Given that, their supporters could be forgiven for worrying that their club might be facing a grim fight for survival - but those fears were washed away in a bewitching opening 15 minutes in which the visitors struggled to get out of their half as West Ham piled on the pressure.

It was more like a basketball match - Spurs manager Harry Redknapp

Redknapp's new centre-back pairing of Sebastian Bassong and Vedran Corluka was exposed within the first two minutes, Piquionne easily flicking the ball on for strike partner Victor Obinna to break free and scuff a shot wide.

And that forward pairing of Piquionne and Obinna quickly set about repaying the faith of Hammers manager Avram Grant, after he stuck with them following promising signs of chemistry in the midweek Carling Cup win over Sunderland.

A Piquionne shot was deflected just inches wide by Bassong's block before he dropped his shoulder cleverly to work space and force the over-worked Spurs goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini into a smart stop.

Nigerian international Obinna was ready to pounce on both occasions.

Brimming with confidence, the sound of "Ole!" even rang out around a sun-drenched Upton Park as West Ham comfortably stroked the ball around.

But Jermaine Jenas did wriggle free to fire off a powerful long range shot for Spurs, although the home side's keeper Green was equal to it.

Sometimes England goalkeeper Green then stretched every sinew to save a stinging shot from Rafael Van der Vaart, who was trying to nudge Spurs back into the game with his inventive left foot.

But when the visitors forced their first spell of pressure, hard-working West Ham won the ball back from a corner to break rapidly down the pitch with forgotten man Kieron Dyer cunningly forcing a corner.

Mark Noble duly curled the dead ball over expertly for Piquionne to overpower a featherweight aerial challenge from Corluka - and some competition from his own team-mates - and steer a bullet header high past Cudicini's flailing arm.

The 29th minute goal was well deserved, but Spurs soon showed their undoubted threat when England man Aaron Lennon made a brilliant jinking run down the right wing.

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When he had raced to the very brink of the touchline Lennon cut the ball back for Luka Modric, who - showing perfect technique - leaned into a perfect volley only for Green to tip it brilliantly onto the bar.

Misfortune then once again struck injury-plagued Dyer, who was looking sharp and influential but had to be replaced by Pablo Barrera just before the end of a truly entertaining first half.

Though West Ham remained more dominant, just, Spurs should have hit an equaliser 10 minutes into the second period.

Onside when he might have looked off, Huddlestone was put clean through by marauding right-back Alan Hutton.

But, lacking the necessary poise, he made a real hash of a simple opportunity to score by shooting too early when he had rounded Green cleanly.

Undeterred by that defensive lapse, the Hammers pressed back with Obinna - on a year-long loan from Inter Milan - soon forcing a smart save from Cudicini after holding off Hutton's muscular challenge.

With Carlton Cole on for Piquionne, the home side were given an extra boost of energy and again Cudicini produced a high-quality stop.

Quickly adjusting his body in mid-air, the Italian tipped Noble's vicious shot over the bar to keep his side in a game that was becoming more open and scrappy.

'Terrific' West Ham progressing - Grant

A rash of Spurs substitutions saw Redknapp replace Lennon with Robbie Keane, Van der Vaart taken off for Giovani dos Santos and Peter Crouch replaced by Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Keane - not a natural finisher in the mould of the injured Jermaine Defoe, who Tottenham appear to be missing - had the best chance as the clock ticked towards 90 minutes, but he curled a weak attempt into Green's grateful arms after Modric put him in.

Spurs continued to knock at the door, but without real conviction.

West Ham ensured it stayed shut while also pressing for a second, and they are sure to take heart from a performance full of spirit.

Spurs - for whom centre-back William Gallas tore a groin muscle in training on Friday - must pick themselves up for the Champions League visit of Dutch side FC Twente on Wednesday.


West Ham manager Avram Grant:
"We played very good, against a very good team. The atmosphere was great.

"The most important thing is to continue progressing. Robert Green was great today, but so was Carlo Cudicini.

"Like Spurs, we always want to win and play good football. During the season we will have good times and also not have good times. If you want to see the real West Ham, you we will to wait. We will get better and better."

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp:
"They started strong and their front two were a real handful. They worked their socks off. It was a great team effort from West Ham and it could have gone either way. It was an exciting game, end to end stuff.

"It was more of a basketball match. They attacked, we attacked.

"If Tom Huddlestone had scored when he was clean through in the second half it would have been different. They would have been on the floor and we would have been in the ascendancy."


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Saturday, 25 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Ham 1-0 Tottenham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Piquionne 29

    West Ham

    Substitutes

    Tottenham

    Substitutes

    Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 34,190
    WEST HAM
    TOTTENHAM

    Possession

    • West Ham 52%
    • Tottenham 48%

    Attempts on target

    • West Ham 15
    • Tottenham 11

    Attempts off target

    • West Ham 7
    • Tottenham 6

    Corners

    • West Ham 14
    • Tottenham 7

    Fouls

    • West Ham 10
    • Tottenham 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:22 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+3:02 The referee blows for offside against Pablo Barrera. Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastien Bassong on Carlton Cole. Lars Jacobsen takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+1:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Carlton Cole. Gareth Bale takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+0:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Huddlestone on Scott Parker. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.
    • 89:46 Direct free kick taken by Sebastien Bassong.
    • 89:46 Booking Carlton Cole goes into the book.
    • 89:39 Unfair challenge on Sebastien Bassong by Carlton Cole results in a free kick.
    • 89:27 Alan Hutton crosses the ball, Lars Jacobsen makes a clearance.
    • 88:06 Substitution Radoslav Kovac joins the action as a substitute, replacing Victor Obinna.
    • 87:58 Roman Pavlyuchenko produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 85:44 Robbie Keane takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
    • 83:47 Foul by Luis Boa Morte on Roman Pavlyuchenko, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jermaine Jenas.
    • 82:21 Foul by Dos Santos Giovani on Luis Boa Morte, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mark Noble.
    • 80:58 Unfair challenge on Roman Pavlyuchenko by Scott Parker results in a free kick. Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.
    • 80:31 Foul by Mark Noble on Luka Modric, free kick awarded. Dos Santos Giovani takes the free kick.
    • 79:21 Substitution Roman Pavlyuchenko on for Peter Crouch.
    • 78:32 Jermaine Jenas challenges Carlton Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Victor Obinna sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Manuel da Costa misses to the left of the goal.
    • 78:10 The ball is crossed by Pablo Barrera, Victor Obinna takes a shot. Vedran Corluka gets a block in.
    • 77:21 Substitution Dos Santos Giovani is brought on as a substitute for Rafael Van der Vaart.
    • 77:04 Effort on goal by Jermaine Jenas from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
    • 76:28 Victor Obinna takes the inswinging corner, Matthew Upson takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.
    • 75:57 The ball is sent over by Scott Parker, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.
    • 75:38 Victor Obinna takes a shot. Blocked by Vedran Corluka.
    • 74:50 Pablo Barrera produces a cross, save by Carlo Cudicini.
    • 74:18 Victor Obinna takes a outswinging corner to the near post.
    • 73:59 Corner from the left by-line taken by Victor Obinna, Carlton Cole takes a shot. Blocked by Vedran Corluka.
    • 73:28 Mark Noble has an effort at goal. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
    • 73:14 Inswinging corner taken by Victor Obinna from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Tom Huddlestone.
    • 71:53 The ball is swung over by Alan Hutton, clearance made by Manuel da Costa.
    • 69:52 Carlton Cole has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
    • 68:56 The referee blows for offside against Carlton Cole. Indirect free kick taken by Vedran Corluka.
    • 66:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Obinna on Alan Hutton. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
    • 65:30 Substitution Aaron Lennon goes off and Robbie Keane comes on.
    • 65:18 Effort from the edge of the area by Luis Boa Morte goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 65:07 Inswinging corner taken by Victor Obinna from the left by-line played to the near post.
    • 64:44 Effort on goal by Victor Obinna from 18 yards. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
    • 63:25 Substitution Carlton Cole comes on in place of Frederic Piquionne.
    • 63:13 Gareth Bale crosses the ball, Robert Green makes a save.
    • 62:23 Effort from 20 yards by Rafael Van der Vaart. Matthew Upson gets a block in.
    • 62:01 Shot from 25 yards by Jermaine Jenas. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
    • 60:12 The ball is delivered by Victor Obinna, blocked by Jermaine Jenas.
    • 59:57 Corner taken left-footed by Victor Obinna from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Alan Hutton.
    • 58:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Matthew Upson. Jermaine Jenas takes the free kick.
    • 56:34 Headed effort on goal by Matthew Upson from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the goal.
    • 56:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastien Bassong on Scott Parker. Victor Obinna restarts play with the free kick.
    • 55:57 A cross is delivered by Scott Parker, clearance by Tom Huddlestone.
    • Correction - 55:20 Victor Obinna delivers the ball, save made by Carlo Cudicini. Jermaine Jenas has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
    • 55:20 Victor Obinna produces a cross, clearance made by Carlo Cudicini.
    • 54:15 Tom Huddlestone produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 51:37 Jermaine Jenas concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Boa Morte. Mark Noble takes the direct free kick.
    • 50:49 A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, clearance by Manuel da Costa. Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Blocked by Peter Crouch.
    • 49:50 The ball is delivered by Aaron Lennon.
    • 48:35 Unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Daniel Gabbidon results in a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Robert Green.
    • 48:16 The ball is swung over by Alan Hutton, Manuel da Costa manages to make a clearance.
    • 46:58 Victor Obinna produces a cross.
    • 45:34 Victor Obinna fouled by Sebastien Bassong, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Noble takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:07 The match has reached half-time.
    • 45:00+0:10 Mark Noble takes a shot. Blocked by Jermaine Jenas.
    • 44:02 Alan Hutton sends in a cross, Headed effort on goal by Peter Crouch from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the goal.
    • 43:48 Effort from 25 yards by Rafael Van der Vaart. Mark Noble gets a block in.
    • 42:34 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Blocked by Manuel da Costa.
    • 42:19 Corner taken by Luka Modric from the left by-line, save made by Robert Green.
    • 41:02 Substitution Kieron Dyer leaves the field to be replaced by Pablo Barrera.
    • 40:53 Victor Obinna has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 40:26 Gareth Bale produces a cross, clearance made by Manuel da Costa.
    • 39:07 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric, Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
    • 38:35 The ball is sent over by Aaron Lennon, drilled right-footed shot by Luka Modric. Robert Green makes a brilliant save.
    • 37:52 Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Frederic Piquionne makes a clearance.
    • 37:52 Booking Luis Boa Morte is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 37:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Boa Morte on Alan Hutton.
    • 35:53 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, Daniel Gabbidon takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.
    • 35:36 Victor Obinna takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Huddlestone.
    • 35:02 Corner taken by Mark Noble, clearance by Peter Crouch.
    • 32:43 Peter Crouch challenges Manuel da Costa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
    • 32:21 Short corner worked by Luka Modric, The ball is delivered by Rafael Van der Vaart, Lars Jacobsen makes a clearance.
    • 31:19 Lars Jacobsen produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 30:18 The ball is delivered by Aaron Lennon, clearance made by Lars Jacobsen.
    • 28:28 Mark Noble provided the assist for the goal.
    • 28:28 GOAL - Frederic PiquionneWest Ham 1 - 0 Tottenham Frederic Piquionne grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. West Ham 1-0 Tottenham.
    • 28:15 Mark Noble takes the inswinging corner,
    • 27:31 Corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric from the left by-line to the near post, Victor Obinna manages to make a clearance.
    • 25:54 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Aaron Lennon.
    • Correction - 24:45 Unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte by Alan Hutton results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luis Boa Morte.
    • 24:45 Victor Obinna fouled by Alan Hutton, the ref awards a free kick. Victor Obinna takes the free kick.
    • 21:58 Rafael Van der Vaart has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.
    • 20:33 Rafael Van der Vaart takes the inswinging corner, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.
    • 20:11 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
    • 18:44 The assistant referee flags for offside against Victor Obinna. Jermaine Jenas takes the indirect free kick.
    • 15:08 The ball is delivered by Luis Boa Morte, Gareth Bale manages to make a clearance.
    • 14:10 Jermaine Jenas has a drilled shot. Save by Robert Green.
    • 13:29 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, save by Carlo Cudicini.
    • 12:07 Victor Obinna takes a shot. Carlo Cudicini makes a save.
    • 11:05 The ball is swung over by Lars Jacobsen.
    • 10:52 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.
    • Correction - 9:33 Aaron Lennon sends in a cross.
    • 9:33 Centre by Kieron Dyer.
    • 9:05 Kieron Dyer takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
    • 8:51 Mark Noble takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Gareth Bale.
    • 7:52 Mark Noble takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Vedran Corluka manages to make a clearance.
    • 7:25 Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, Manuel da Costa takes a shot. Vedran Corluka gets a block in.
    • 7:09 Lars Jacobsen produces a cross, Tom Huddlestone makes a clearance. Kieron Dyer takes a shot. Gareth Bale gets a block in.
    • 5:54 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Luis Boa Morte.
    • 4:41 Mark Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart. Rafael Van der Vaart fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Frederic Piquionne gets a block in.
    • 4:04 Corner taken by Mark Noble, Peter Crouch manages to make a clearance.
    • 3:10 Frederic Piquionne fouled by Sebastien Bassong, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.
    • 2:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Huddlestone on Kieron Dyer. Scott Parker restarts play with the free kick.
    • 1:48 Peter Crouch is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
    • 0:36 Shot from just outside the area by Victor Obinna misses to the right of the target.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 25 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 6 19 15
    2 Arsenal 6 9 11
    3 Man Utd 5 7 11
    4 Man City 6 5 11
    5 West Brom 6 -3 10
    6 Fulham 6 1 8
    7 Tottenham 6 1 8
    8 Blackburn 6 0 8
    9 Newcastle 5 2 7
    10 Sunderland 6 0 7
    11 Birmingham 6 -1 7
    12 Aston Villa 5 -3 7
    13 Blackpool 6 -5 7
    14 Bolton 5 -1 6
    15 Liverpool 6 -3 6
    16 Wolves 5 -2 5
    17 Wigan 6 -11 5
    18 Stoke 5 -3 4
    19 West Ham 6 -9 4
    20 Everton 6 -3 3

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    Tottenham sign defender Khumalo
    07 Jan 11 |  Tottenham
    Sunderland 1-2 West Ham
    29 Sep 10 |  League Cup
    Tottenham 1-4 Arsenal
    21 Sep 10 |  League Cup
    Obinna secures West Ham loan move
    27 Aug 10 |  West Ham



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