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Tottenham 3-1 West Ham: Player ratings as Son brace sends Spurs fifth

Sean Walsh
It was Son's day
It was Son's day / Eddie Keogh/GettyImages
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From Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - Spurs secured back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time in 2022 as they beat London rivals West Ham 3-1.

Antonio Conte's men held their nerve to leapfrog their top-four rivals into fifth place and are now only three points behind Arsenal.

After a cagey opening nine minutes, Kurt Zouma turned the ball into his own net to give Spurs the lead. Matt Doherty robbed Arthur Masuaku of possession and slipped through Harry Kane, who squared the ball into the path of Son Heung-min, and the challenging Zouma was caught in a tangle and ended up converting past Lukasz Fabianski.

But West Ham almost immediately hit back when Kane lazily played it back towards Eric Dier, only for Michail Antonio to intercept and sit the defender on his backside, but his shot trickled narrowly wide.

Tottenham went straight back down the other end and should have doubled their advantage when Dejan Kulusevski rolled the ball just behind the run of Son, and the South Korean struck the post.

But the 29-year-old wasn't to be denied for much longer and he grabbed Tottenham's second midway through the first half. Kane picked Son out with a great through ball, before Spurs' number seven sold Zouma with some stepovers and looped his effort off the Frenchman over the helpless Fabianski.

West Ham pulled one back when Craig Dawson nodded Aaron Cresswell's corner into the path of the unmarked Said Benrahma, and he made no mistake from point-blank range.

Spurs came racing out of the blocks in the second half and nearly hit West Ham on the break again, with Son this time playing through Kane, but couldn't direct his toe-poke beyond Fabianski.

After a stoppage in play to remove protestors from the pitch, the Hammers nearly had some luck on the counter themselves, but Antonio fired over from Cresswell's ball across the 18-yard box.

Sergio Reguilon was incensed that referee Anthony Taylor dismissed his protests for a penalty after falling under a challenge from Ben Johnson just after the hour mark as a blood and thunder derby became even more heated.

Kane should have wrapped up the points when he was picked out by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg ten minutes from time and tried to dink his effort over Fabianski, but it sailed over the bar too.

Tottenham finally sealed the win in the dying embers when Kane nodded Lloris' long kick straight into the path of Son, who made no mistake when one-on-one with Fabianski.


Tottenham Hotspur player ratings

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Cristian Romero, Michail Antonio
Romero was sensational / Eddie Keogh/GettyImages

Hugo Lloris (GK) - 7/10 - Little to do and then produced a stunning kick to seal the win.

Cristian Romero (CB) - 9/10 - Utterly dominant. Silenced Antonio and chipped away at anyone he came within an inch of.

Eric Dier (CB) - 7/10 - Held his own but wasn't able to show off his passing range.

Ben Davies (CB) - 7/10 - Didn't let Soucek get the better of him despite the height advantage the Czech had.

2. Wing-backs & midfielders

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Kurt Zouma, Manuel Lanzini
Hojbjerg was impressive / Eddie Keogh/GettyImages

Matt Doherty (RWB) - 6/10 - Helped to stretch the play and asked plenty of questions of Masuaku.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) - 8/10 - Made his physicality count in the middle of the park up against a rather daunting duo.

Rodrigo Bentancur (CM) - 7/10 - Some neat turns and tricks yet failed with the fundamentals at times. Ultimately put in a good performance when Spurs tried keeping the ball.

Sergio Reguilon (LWB) - 5/10 - Like Doherty was important for Spurs' width but he was a little more wasteful.

3. Forwards

Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min
What a duo / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Dejan Kulusevski (RF) - 6/10 - Was a huge contributor to Spurs' fast start but couldn't maintain that rhythm.

Harry Kane (CF) - 8/10 - Marvellous when dropping deep. Rice and Dawson were both confused with how to handle him.

Son Heung-min (LF) - 10/10 - Vital goal contributions on another busy afternoon against West Ham. Felt like he barely got out of first gear at times.

4. Substitutes

Emerson Royal (RWB, 88' for Reguilon) - N/A

Steven Bergwijn (RW, 90' for Kulusevski) - N/A

Lucas Moura (LW, 90' for Son) - N/A


West Ham United player ratings

5. Goalkeeper & defenders

Heung-Min Son, Kurt Zouma
Zouma failed to contain Son / Eddie Keogh/GettyImages

Lukasz Fabianski (GK) - 6/10 - Made a few decent saves but you felt he could have done something more for Spurs' gals.

Kurt Zouma (CB) - 2/10 - A nightmare opening period that cost West Ham the game. Taunted by inflatable cats and roundly booed.

Craig Dawson (CB) - 3/10 - Grabbed an assist but struggled a lot.

Aaron Cresswell (CB) - 5/10 - Great delivery for Benrahma's goal but also found it tough.

6. Wing-backs & midfielders

Sergio Reguilon, Ben Johnson
Johnson was decent / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Ben Johnson (RWB) - 6/10 - Largely dealt with everything Reguilon threw at him.

Tomas Soucek (CM) - 3/10 - Was unable to make his physical superiority count.

Declan Rice (CM) - 4/10 - Lost his runners but at least put in a good shift at both ends.

Arthur Masuaku (LWB) - 5/10 - On skates defensively but caused Spurs some issues, notably winning the corner which led to their first-half goal.

7. Forwards

FBL-ENG-PR-TOTTENHAM-WEST HAM
Benrahma was West Ham's best player / IAN KINGTON/GettyImages

Said Benrahma (RF) - 7/10 - Spurs had little answer to the Algerian and West Ham probably should have utilised him more.

Michail Antonio (CF) - 3/10 - Gobbled up by Romero and looked visibly exhausted.

Manuel Lanzini (LF) - 4/10 - Wasn't able to repeat his heroics from last season in a peripheral performance here.

8. Substitutes

Andriy Yarmolenko (CF, 57' for Antonio) - 4/10 - Was unable to get into the game at all.

Pablo Fornals (LW, 57' for Masuaku) - 5/10

Nikola Vlasic (AM, 84' for Lanzini) - 4/10

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