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West Ham ease to derby victory

FREE KICK GOAL: Stewart Downing scored the second for West Ham against Tottenham

THE RANCOUR that surrounds Sam Allardyce and his precarious tenure at West Ham was forgotten for one afternoon in the east London sun. Once the visitors were reduced to ten men early in the first half the fight appeared to leave them.

West Ham were a goal up within two minutes of Younes Kaboul’s dismissal for denying Stewart Downing a goal scoring opportunity through Harry Kane’s own goal and doubled that lead through Downing’s free-kick before the interval.

To the joy of the home supporters this was the third time West Ham have played and defeated their local rivals this season and ensures they conclude their home campaign on a high.

What this does for Allardyce’s prospects at Upton Park beyond the summer is open to conjecture but Spurs’ meek display did little to suggest that manager Tim Sherwood will be able to win over his doubters at White Hart Lane.

The scrappy and uneventful opening to this derby took a turn for the dramatic on 24 minutes when Downing raced onto a lofted pass and had his heels clipped by Kaboul on the edge of the visitors’ penalty area.

Referee Phil Dowd took his time but it was the correct decision when he reached for his red card to dismiss the French defender. Andy Carroll’s resultant free-kick was turned away for a corner but a minute later the West Ham forward was instrumental in giving his side the lead.

Carroll rose above Michael Dawson to drive a header back towards Tottenham’s goal and a deflection off Kane took the ball beyond Lloris to send the home crowd into elation.

Kane, who was credited with an own goal, was removed in favour of Vlad Chiriches moments later as Tim Sherwood sought to shore up his defence but the change did not stop West Ham wrestling control of the contest as Spurs struggled to pass on the ball on the dry pitch.

A second goal could have been West Ham’s long before Downing dispatched a free-kick through the gaping hole in the Spurs wall, left by Paulinho and Emanuel Adebayor, on 44 minutes. It was a poor effort that characterised the north Londoners’ disarray in the wake of Kaboul’s departure.

The second half saw West Ham continue in the ascendency as they all but laid siege to Lloris’ goal. Only the superb form of the Frenchman in repelling the assault prevented the hosts building on their first half lead.

The pick of the saves included the double denial of Matt Taylor and Mohamed Diame’s overhead kick just after the interval. He was also used his knees to thwart Kevin Nolan when the West Ham captain found himself with the freedom of the Spurs penalty area.

Allardyce’s side could also point to their own profligacy with Nolan shooting over and Carroll heading wide. The last-minute penalty appeal for substitute Matt Jarvis would have been pursued with a lot more vigour under different circumstances.

Still, Spurs substitute Roberto Soldado had a credible penalty shout waved away and it took an excellent save from Adrian in second half injury time to prevent Danny Rose claiming a consolation.

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