West Ham United smashed their way to a third victory over 10-man Spurs with quite probably the performance of the season.
But it left one huge question for Sam Allardyce to answer: “Why have we not seen such an all-out attacking approach in previous outings?”
The team grabbed an outstanding victory via a Harry Kane own goal and Stewart Downing’s first of the season.
Kane’s came midway through the first half after Andy Carroll had produced a downward header from a corner immediately after Kaboul had been sent off for a foul on the edge of the box.
The ball hit the top of Kane’s head and looped over keeper Lloris before – a minute from the break – Downing fired through a huge gap in the Spurs defensive wall to grab the second direct from the free kick.
But for keeper Lloris – who made a series of dramatic saves – the score could have been anything and the best chance to add to the score fell to Diame whose brilliant over head kick was stopped on the line.
Downing was in mesmeric form down the right and Carroll showed the sort of aerial power that may yet thrust him onto the plane for Brazil.
The protests that have disfigured the Irons season over recent weeks were forgotten at the final whistle as the Boleyn Supporters ‘Choir’ roared out the most raucous chorus of ‘Bubbles’ heard inside the ground this season.
And the big bonus for many fans was when the BT Sport cameras picked up Ravel Morrison taking his place with squad members and in full Hammers training gear…let’s hope it’s permanent!