Tottenham hold on to give Mourinho victory in Premier League return

Date published: Saturday 23rd November 2019 12:10 - Finley Crebolder

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Jose Mourinho enjoyed a win on his return to England as Tottenham held on to defeat West Ham 3-2.

The Portuguese man’s new club enjoyed a strong first half and took the lead just after half an hour when Son-Heung fired in from close range, before then setting up Lucas Moura just before half time to make it 2-0.

Just four minutes into the second half Harry Kane headed home a cross from Serge Aurier to give his side a three-goal lead.

West Ham rallied late on, with Antonio making it 3-1 on 73 minutes before they then had a goal ruled out for offside. Ogbonna did eventually get their second in the 96th minute but it was too late and Spurs took three points to move up to 6th in the league.

There was never any danger of this being another Red Letter Day as Spurs, with Mourinho prowling the touchline, controlled the game from the first whistle.

Kane thought he had given them a perfect start inside the opening 10 minutes but he was offside after being played in by Alli.

After Son and Moura had gone close Spurs took a deserved lead in the 36th minute after a spell of pressure.

Alli played in Son down the left and the South Korean continued his penchant for scoring big goals by firing through the hands of Roberto, though the West Ham goalkeeper should have done better.

Spurs had Mourinho producing a knee-slide nine minutes later as they doubled their lead with an impressive goal.

Alli did well to keep the ball in, setting Son free at the same time, and the latter’s cross was rammed home at close range by Moura.

It was a big afternoon for Moura, who was named in the starting line-up after Mourinho had revealed he tried to sign him when he was in charge of Real Madrid, and he delivered an important goal.

Moura had already missed a great chance to add his second by the time Kane made it 3-0 in the 49th minute as the England captain notched his 21st goal of the season for club and country.

He was picked out superbly by Serge Aurier’s cross and planted a header in the back of the net to leave Mourinho chuckling on the sidelines.

For a period of time it looked like it could have been as big a win as Spurs wanted, but West Ham at least restored some pride in the 73rd minute.

Antonio – a half-time substitute – got on the scoresheet with a rifled effort into the bottom corner from Mark Noble’s pass.

The hosts, who had been dreadful for so much of the game, looked like setting up a grandstand finish when Declan Rice swept home Sebastian Haller’s header, but VAR ruled that he was offside.

Ogbonna did get one back for West Ham with the very last action, scoring from a corner, to skew the scoreline, but this was Spurs’ day.

This was Mourinho’s day.

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