Andre Ayew leads West Ham comeback as Tottenham dumped out
League Cup fourth round, Wembley – Tottenham 2 (Sissoko 6, D. Alli 37) West Ham 3 (Ayew 55, 60, Ogbonna 70)
Andre Ayew’s quick-fire brace set West Ham on their way to a stunning 3-2 comeback win against Tottenham in the League Cup fourth round.
The Hammers were pathetic in the first half and strikes from Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli gave Tottenham a two-goal lead at the interval, but the visitors soon came roaring back.
Ghanaian international Ayew restored parity with two close-range finishes within five minutes of each other and the turnaround was complete when Angelo Ogbonna rose to head a corner past Michel Vorm with 70 minutes gone.
Spurs looked stunned by the comeback and were unable to create any clear-cut chances in response, allowing their London rivals to progress to the quarter-finals.
West Ham United's Italian defender Angelo Ogbonna (C) celebrates with teammates scoring the team's third goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium in London, on October 25, 2017Getty Images
Is this a turning point for Bilic? At half-time Bilic looked like a dead man walking. His team had been pathetic and didn’t look to be playing for their manager, but whatever was said at the break clearly worked as West Ham were a completely different side in the second half. If he can get them to play with that intensity for the rest of the season, he should be fine.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Andre Ayew (West Ham). He provided the spark his side needed and took both goals very well, showcasing cutting edge that had until that point been lacking from the Irons.
6’ – GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 West Ham (Sissoko). Spurs break quickly as Llorente releases Son with a beautiful flick and the South Korean commits the last defender before squaring to Sissoko, who finishes coolly.
18’ – SAVE! Tottenham work a short corner down the left to Trippier, who then crosses for an unmarked Alli at the back post, and Adrian makes a smart reflex save to keep it 1-0.
37’ – GOAL! Tottenham 2-0 West Ham (Alli). West Ham stand off Tottenham in and around their own penalty area and it proves costly as Alli, in the box and under no pressure to speak of, curls one towards the far post and it goes in via a deflection from Rice.
55’ – GOAL! Tottenham 2-1 West Ham (Ayew). West Ham have a lifeline! A Hammers corner is only half-cleared to the edge of the area, where Fernandes fires in a shot that Vorm can only parry and Ayew tucks in the rebound.
60’ – GOAL! Tottenham 2-2 West Ham (Ayew). It's all level! Spurs suddenly look rattled and a series of scrappy headers get the ball to Lanzini less than ten yards from goal and he squares for Ayew to stab home. Wow.
64’ – SAVE! A hopeful cross by SIssoko is allowed to fall to Alli, who meets it with a sweet volley, but it's straight at Adrian.
70’ – GOAL! Tottenham 2-3 West Ham (Ogbonna). West Ham lead! Ogbonna meets Lanzini's in-swinging corner at the near post and glances it into the net - how incredible.
Tottenham Hotspur's French midfielder Moussa Sissoko celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium in London, on October 25, 2017.Getty Images
West Ham have won both of their games at the new Wembley.
Sissoko has scored twice in his last five games, having not scored in the first 43 he played for Tottenham.