André Ayew kickstarts West Ham

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André Ayew kickstarts West Ham

Postby xiaolan on Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:12 am

West Ham United produced a sensational comeback at Wembley Stadium, scoring three times in 15 second-half minutes to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 victory that propelled Slaven Bilic’s team into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
For Bilic, struggling to save his job past the weekend, this was a rousing show of strength from a much-changed team that had looked shot at half-time as Tottenham Hotspur scored twice while barely flexing their muscles. Instead West Ham surged back and produced one of the great Carabao Cup nights, led by a ragged but rousing captain’s performance from Mark Noble and some energetic opportunism from André Ayew, who scored twice.
Wembley was half full at kick-off, an impressive effort in the circumstances. It is easy to be blasé about Michael Wacha Youth jersey these things, but in reality 36,000 fans for a midweek third-tier domestic cup competition is pretty sensational going.
There was an impressive swirl of noise as West Ham kicked off a game that had drawn most of its outside interest from the ongoing slow-cooked departure of Bilic. There has been a zombified quality to Bilic’s time on the London Stadium touchline, a sense of some doomed alpha primate left to roam that vast open space between pitch and dugout, bellowing up at the trees, pointing vaguely at the distant figures while up in the stands plans are laid and successions put in place.
This week the Hoffenheim manager, Julian Nagelsmann, has been mentioned as a possible replacement. The same day a rambling, unshaven Bilic gave an alarmingly hangdog press conference, as the suggestion emerged he has been given two games to save his job, a ludicrous, unworkable scenario in practice.
Here Spurs made seven changes from the weekend. For West Ham it was nine, for a game that before kick-off had looked like a minor distraction before the make-or-break of Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The best thing that can be said about West Ham in the first half is they had a decent first five minutes. At which point they waved Tottenham through for the opening goal. Declan Rice was taken out of the game by a lovely touch by Michael Wacha Youth jersey Fernando Llorente. Son Heung-min drove forward into the large empty space in front of him. His pass to Moussa Sissoko was perfectly weighted, the low finish effortless.
Son reprised his role as a central striker from the defeat of Liverpool at the weekend and he was a sparkling presence in the first half. Kieran Trippier and the returning Danny Rose hugged the touchline. Dele Alli had a header palmed up into the air by Adrián when he really should have scored.
Noble did his best to drive his team-mates on but looked understandably rusty as West Ham played with some energy if no real precision, every attack laced Michael Wacha Youth jersey with the fear of a Spurs counter. The second goal duly arrived on 36 minutes. A passage of intricate Tottenham passing worked some space for Alli to stop, look up and curl a shot that found the far corner off Aaron Cresswell’s head.
By that point there had already been some outbreaks of bottle-chucking between home and away fans, inadequately separated by four rows of Michael Wacha Youth jersey seats and a thin line of unfortunate stewards. “Slaven Bilic, we want you to stay,” the Spurs fans sang as the whistle blew for half time, at which point it really did feel like a case of how many.
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