West Ham United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Irons frustrated as Spurs clinch all three points
frustrated Marko Arnautovic holding his face after missing a chance

West Ham United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Irons frustrated as Spurs clinch all three points

Yet another home loss has seen the Hammers on just seven points out of nine games this season.

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Alan Rzepa

After their run of good form was suddenly ended by Glenn Murray's tap in during a 1-0 loss against Brighton before the international break, West Ham weren't able to get back on track after losing 1-0 in a London Derby against Spurs.

Offensive struggles for both sides

It certainly wasn't the result any West Ham fans and players hoped for. After a very close first half, Eric Lamela put the visitors ahead on the brink of half time after Moussa Sissoko's cross found his head in the box.

The game has started off lively with both sides eyeing that early goal. In the fourth minute Marko Arnautović shot straight at Hugo Lloris after being set up by Andriy Yarmolenko

Chances went to the visitors, with Lamela's and Sissoko's shots hitting the side netting and deflecting out for a corner.

Although the goal came in the first half, it was the second one in which most of the chances came, as the Hammers were desperately looking for an equaliser.

But without Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere, West Ham relied on Felipe Anderson, Robert Snodgrass and the 18-year-old substitute Grady Diangana. 

It didn't work out as there simply wasn't enough attacking help or creativity from the midfield to break Tottenham's defensive line.

Unlucky West Ham fall just behind

Despite having the most corners and shots towards the goal throughout the 90 minutes, the Hammers were unlucky not to score at least one of their chances this afternoon.

They came very close on two occasions, with Javier Hernandez's finish ruled offside in the 85th minute and countless Arnautovic clear cut opportunities being saved by Lloris.

Overall, it was a very close game which could've gone either way, as both sides were threatening going forwards and as solid defensively. It was a game, unfortunately, which was decided by a bit of luck.

Even more injury problems

Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez and Winston Reid are already out with long term injuries, Wilshere has suffered a setback of his reoccurring ankle problem, and now both Pedro Obiang and Yarmolenko are set to spend some time on the sidelines.

It only adds salt to already open wounds. The Spaniard picked up a knock in training just before the game which should see him be out for one to two weeks.

Unfortunately, Yarmolenko's 39th minute injury looks to be much more serious, as the winger needed to be stretchered off the pitch with an Achilles problem.

Defensive stability finally found?

Even though West Ham conceded in yet another game, it certainly was more down to luck than anything else. Issa DiopFabian Balbuena and Pablo Zabaleta had shown yet again that their partnership in front of a fantastically performing Łukasz Fabiański is the way forward for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

The 21-year-old Frenchman single-handedly took Kane out of the game with his consistent tackles and perfect positioning. His Paraguayan compatriot was just as brilliant, reorganising the defence after every attack.

The only worries are about the left back spot, as Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku don't seem to be good enough, with various reports suggesting  that Pellegrini is already looking for a replacement.

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