Spurs held at West Ham and miss chance to go fourth

West Ham vs Tottenham

Brennan Johnson made a significant contribution to his team's goals this season as a substitute in the Premier League. However, in the match against West Ham, he had the opportunity to start and scored a goal.

The coach of Tottenham, Ange Postecoglou shared his desire to have a "joystick" so he can manage his team just like in a video game. He made this remark following their draw against West Ham.

The manager of Spurs felt disappointed after his team failed to secure a spot in the top four of the Premier League due to their draw at the wet London Stadium.

Brennan Johnson scored a goal that put his team in the lead five minutes into the game, but the Hammers were able to equalize the score when Kurt Zouma scored a goal from a corner kick.

Both teams put in a lot of effort, but neither of them was able to score many goals, resulting in a draw.

Even though Tottenham Hotspur dominated the game with a possession rate of 68%, they only managed to take four shots on goal. One of those shots came from Johnson, who scored an early goal, and another came from Udogie, who volleyed the ball straight at the home team's goalkeeper, Lukasz Fabianski, during the second half's stoppage time.

It seemed highly improbable that they would secure a win by a margin of two goals in order to surpass Aston Villa, who are currently occupying the fourth position. Aston Villa is set to play against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

Postecoglou's team is currently ranked fifth, with a deficit of two points compared to Villa. The Australian coach commented that his team lacked clear thinking in their attacks at certain times.

'More Time Than We Realize'

When questioned about why they didn't have clear thinking, Postecoglou replied: "It's because they're people, buddy. It's just a game of soccer."

I have a desire to position the joystick wherever I desire, however, that is not feasible. My responsibility is to assist them in navigating through the challenges.

Occasionally, we find ourselves with extra spare time that we don't always realize we have. Our team was able to achieve a fantastic goal, but we've also had moments where the ball was passed in front of us when we should have been in better positions. These are areas where we can improve and focus our efforts.

Tottenham was in the lead when Johnson, who was added to the starting lineup along with two other changes from Saturday's victory over Luton, scored a goal from a close distance. This happened after Timo Werner found an opening behind West Ham's left defence and delivered a precise low cross.

However, West Ham had a good reaction, and their strategy of delivering corner kicks to force the opposing team's goalkeeper, Gigi Vicario, to feel uneasy proved effective. This approach paid off when Zouma headed in from a close distance after connecting with Jarrod Bowen's set-piece, which occurred in the 19th minute of the game.

During the second half of the game, the Hammers had the best chance of scoring a winning goal. However, Michail Antonio's shot went directly toward the opposing team's goalkeeper, Vicario. Antonio had managed to overpower Micky van de Ven and had a one-on-one opportunity with the keeper.

West Ham remains in seventh place, as neither Newcastle nor Wolves were able to win and surpass David Moyes' team for the Europa Conference League qualification spot.

Vicario Shines, Set-piece Woes Persist

Spurs started the game fast because they had the opportunity to secure fourth place. This was different from their previous games where they didn't start as quickly.

They scored their first goal in the fifth minute of the game, which is quite rare for them as their last 12 league goals were scored in the second half of matches. This has been their trend since 3 February.

However, a familiar vulnerability arose once more when they allowed a goal from a corner that landed on Vicario, who had previously made two unconvincing attempts to punch away other corner kicks.

Since joining the team from Empoli last summer, the Italian goalkeeper has been quite impressive. In this match, he made several important saves, including a two-handed stop to the left to block a free-kick from James Ward-Prowse in the first half. He followed this up in the second half with two more saves to prevent goals from Antonio.

However, there is still a flaw in his gameplay when it comes to corners, and this weakness needs to be tackled by him and the Spurs team.

"Hammers Suffer Defensive Lapses Despite Bowen's Brilliance"

Moyes was surely hoping for West Ham to bounce back after the disappointing 4-3 loss to Newcastle, especially since they were leading by two goals with only 15 minutes left. Although they gave up an early goal, his team stepped up and performed well.

Moyes expressed his belief that going behind was unjustified in his opinion to TNT Sports. However, he commended the players for their impressive performance.

We faced a danger and so did the opposing team - they are skilled and that's why they are competing for the Champions League. Maybe the game ending in a tie was the fair outcome.

I am confident that our defense looked much more structured after the way we played over the weekend. We had opportunities and set-pieces that give us hope and boost our confidence moving forward.

The situation seemed hopeful when Mohammed Kudus attacked near the Spurs' territory and successfully regained the possession of the ball. He then passed the ball from the left, enabling Bowen to shoot from a favorable position, but unfortunately, he missed the goal.

Moments after, the Hammers experienced a lapse in their defensive strategy, allowing Spurs to take the lead. This once again highlighted the weaknesses that have left fans disappointed throughout the season.

Moyes' team has allowed 55 goals in the current league season, the same amount as they did in the entirety of the 2022-2023 season. Additionally, they have been unable to prevent the opposing team from scoring in their past 11 matches.

However, the West Ham team seems to have some sort of energy, ignited by the impressive Bowen. He defiantly raised his fist towards the opposition fans after successfully delivering a set piece that led to Zouma scoring the equalizer.

The home team had more opportunities to score, but they were unable to secure a victory.

The game has concluded with a score line of one goal each for West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.

The last part of the game has concluded with a final score of West Ham United scoring once and Tottenham Hotspur also scoring once.

The try has been prevented. Mohammed Kudus from West Ham United attempted a left-footed shot from the right-hand side of the box, but it was blocked with assistance from Konstantinos Mavropanos.

The shot made by Destiny Udogie from the center of the box with her right foot has been saved by the goalkeeper positioned at the center of the goal. The effort was backed by an assist from Giovani Lo Celso.

The ball went to the corner for West Ham United, and Cristian Romero gave it away to the opposing team.

The player substitution has taken place for Tottenham Hotspur. Brennan Johnson has been replaced by Giovani Lo Celso due to an injury.

Cristian Romero from Tottenham Hotspur is given a yellow card because of a rough tackle.

Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur) committed a violation that is against the rules.

James Ward-Prowse from West Ham United gets awarded a free kick in the defensive area.

The shot from Pape Sarr, playing for Tottenham Hotspur, was not successful as the ball missed the target to the left of the goal. The attempt was made using the player's right foot and was taken from outside the box after a corner.

Vladimír Coufal is responsible for giving a corner to Tottenham Hotspur.

Tomás Soucek of West Ham United missed an opportunity when he headed the ball too far to the left from a very short distance. Jarrod Bowen assisted him with a cross after a corner.

At the corner for West Ham United, Micky van de Ven caused them to lose possession.

Dejan Kulusevski, a football player from Tottenham Hotspur, was able to gain a free kick in the portion of the field nearest their own goal.

James Ward-Prowse from West Ham United committed a foul.

Micky van de Ven (Tottenham Hotspur) committed a foul.

Mohammed Kudus (West Ham United) attains a penalty-free kick in the vicinity of the right side of the field.

Tottenham Hotspur makes a substitution by bringing on Richarlison to replace Timo Werner.

In the game between Tottenham Hotspur and another team, the substitution was made. Yves Bissouma was replaced by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

In the defensive half, Cristian Romero of Tottenham Hotspur obtains a free kick.

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