Bilic the architect: Three things learned about West Ham after win v Tottenham
COMMENT by Russell Edge
West Ham fans will be delighted after a Manuel Lanzini strike gave them an important 1-0 win over London rivals Spurs.
The Hammers performed excellently to ruin Tottenham’s title hopes, while at the same time securing their own Premier League safety.
Here Football Insider analyses three things we learned about the Hammers in their impressive victory:
Bilic tactically astute
As a team, West Ham performed excellently on Friday night, threatening Tottenham on numerous occasions while standing resolute at the back.
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This was all down to the tactical nous of Slaven Bilic, who exploited Spurs’ gaping holes left by the advancing Kyle Walker and Ben Davies to create a number of chances and cause the visitors a whole host of problems.
His decision to start Sam Byram and Aaron Cresswell on the flanks was a sensible move, with the duo providing some much needed energy to not only defend but create chances for those ahead of them.
Calleri proves a handful
Fans questioned the decision to start the Argentinian striker but they can have no complaints over the 23-year-olds performance against Spurs.
His work ethic was exceptional as he harried the defensive back line of Tottenham, giving the likes of Jan Vertonghan and Toby Alderweireld no time to settle themselves.
Calleri followed out his manager’s directions to a tee, and it will be interesting to see if Bilic decides to make his loan move a permanent one.
He probably should have sealed the deal when presented with a glorious chance after 75 minutes but that can take nothing away from his performance.
Adrian is the man
While a lot of credit for West Ham’s clean sheet can go the the defensive pairing of Winston Reid and James Collins, Adrian was the man who truly kept the Hammers in the game.
There when they needed him most, the Spanish keeper pulled off a number of impressive saves to deny Spurs, while at the same time commanding his box with confidence.
Restored to the side after a lengthy absence, Bilic can be confident he has the right man in between the sticks.
In other West Ham news, fans were left livid after Bilic started this 23-year-old against Spurs.