Roman Pavlyuchenko's solitary second half strike was enough to earn Tottenham the 'double' over West Ham this season and, sadly, bragging rights for the 2008/09 season.
You'd have to say that Spurs probably deserved this victory though; the Hammers didn't create enough in the final third and missed the influence and menace of Cole and Parker. The Hammer's only real chance came shortly before Pavlyuchenko's winner, when Di Michele should have done better when he raced through Woodgate but seemed not to realise how much time was available when giving Gomez the chance to save.
Pavlyuchenko's introduction - after he started the game on the bench - was made following a brief spell of Hammer's pressure in the second half, and was a good indicator of how the game swung against West Ham. The Hammer's on the other hand were a bit tardy in trying to shake up a forward line where Diego Tristan was entirely anonymous and it was a surprise to see Dyer's introduction left as late as the final twenty minutes. Unless Kieron is still getting match fit - he usually is! - it's difficult to see why he isn't getting more of a run out.
Still, I'm not one of these Hammers fans who thinks a loss to Spurs ruins the year - just as well in view of our recent record against them! - so I'll leave the rueful grimaces to Blagg Jnr. who has a £30 bet with his flatmate that West Ham would finish above Tottenham this year. There are now three points in it....
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