West Ham v Tottenham ratings: Masterful Kane; Aurier’s nightmare

Date published: Saturday 23rd September 2017 3:31

We rate the players after 10-man Tottenham held off West Ham to secure a 3-2 win at the London Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.

Harry Kane scored twice before Christian Eriksen gave the visitors a 3-0 lead, only for Javier Hernandez to pull a goal back and then the real drama began.

Premier League debutant Serge Aurier, who had a torrid time throughout, picked up a second yellow and then Cheikhou Kouyate struck for the Hammers to make it a nervy finish for Maurico Pochettino’s men but they held out for the three points.

WEST HAM

Joe Hart: Could do nothing about the three goals and was otherwise solid. 7 (out of 10)

Pablo Zabaleta: Wholehearted display and was one of West Ham’s better players on the day. 7

Angelo Ogbonna: Started well but struggled to contain an in-form Harry Kane. 6

Winston Reid: Not at his best and also had problems with Kane’s movement. 6

Jose Fonte: Struggled when dragged out in to the wide areas. 6

Aaron Cresswell: Not his usual self as an attacking force. 6

Cheikhou Kouyate: Took his goal brilliantly and battled hard in a congested midfield. 7

Mark Noble: Gave his usual all-action display but fortunate not to be booked in the first half. 7

Michail Antonio: Started quite brightly but limped off injured again after 28 minutes. 6

Marko Arnautovic: Another who started well as West Ham dominated early on but faded. 6

Javier Hernandez: Typical poachers goal and did not give Tottenham’s defenders a minute’s peace. 8

Substitutes

Andy Carroll (for Antonio, 28): Didn’t get much change of Tottenham’s back three but could have had a late penalty. 5

Andre Ayew (for Arnautovic, 66): Plenty of pace and effort and sparked some life into the Hammers after the red card. 6

Arthur Masuaku (for Fonte, 74): Excellent impact and produced a magnificent cross for Kouyate’s goal. 7

TOTTENHAM

Hugo Lloris: Could do nothing about either of West Ham’s goals and produced a couple of smart stops. 7

Serge Aurier: Had a nightmare on his Premier League debut and was rightly red carded. Kieran Trippier won’t be losing any sleep over his place! 4

Toby Alderweireld: Strong as ever and stood firm as West Ham laid siege to Tottenham’s goal late on. 7

Davinson Sanchez: Not as composed as he has been in a Spurs shirt so far and could have conceded a late penalty for a push on Carroll. 6

Jan Vertonghen: Solid as a rock and made a couple of fine challenges. Clearly loves London derbies. 7

Ben Davies: Nothing spectacular from the Wales man, which just about sums him up. Solid. 6

Eric Dier: Missed his midfield partner Mousa Dembele and was often overworked. 6

Moussa Sissoko: Looked clumsy on the ball again but his effort could not be questioned. 5

Christian Eriksen: Another masterclass in passing and became the highest scoring Dane in Premier League history with his second-half goal. 8

Dele Alli: Two assists for Kane’s goals but squandered plenty of promising situations and still not quite at his best. 7

Harry Kane: Took his goals expertly and was a thorn in the side of West Ham all afternoon. 8

Substitutes

Harry Winks (for Eriksen, 73): Got around the pitch well after replacing Eriksen. 6

Kieran Trippier (for Sissoko, 78): Should have started the game but ended it after Aurier’s red card. 6

Fernando Llorente (for Kane, 89): Put himself about and got booked after a melee with West Ham players. 5

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