Cascarino reveals secret to West Ham success v Tottenham
By Matt Bullin
Former Chelsea star Tony Cascarino believes West Ham’s work rate was crucial in their victory over London rivals Tottenham on Friday night.
The Hammers beat Mauricio Pochettino’s side 1-0 at the London Stadium thanks to a Manuel Lanzini goal, putting an end to their opponent’s nine match winning streak.
Slaven Bilic’s side stretched their own unbeaten run in the Premier League to five games and effectively ended Spurs’ title charge.
The result means West Ham climb to ninth ahead of Saturday’s fixtures, but Spurs failed to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea and now sit four points behind them, having played a game more.
Writing in his column in The Times, Cascarino identified the Hammers’ work rate as being all-important in their win.
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“West Ham’s excellent work rate created a really competitive game,” he wrote.
“Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate put themselves about in midfield and André Ayew ran his socks off. It made it such a difficult game for Tottenham, who rarely found much space.
“Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are wonderful, creative talents but they could not get time on the ball.”
It was testament to West Ham’s work that they denied Spurs scoring for only the fifth time in 35 Premier League matches this season.
Tottenham’s title charge looks to be over now, as if Chelsea beat Middlesbrough on Monday night, the gap at the top will stretch to seven points with just three games remaining.
During a professional career which lasted almost 20 years Cascarino played for Millwall, Aston Villa, Celtic, Chelsea and Marseille, as well as making 88 appearances for the Republic of Ireland.
In other Tottenham news, Hugo Lloris has revealed why his side lost to West Ham.