Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United: Final score 1-2, same as it ever was

Paul Gilham

You've got your football club back!

Tottenham Hotspur were probably thrilled to see West Ham United start a very weak team on Wednesday. They were probably more thrilled when they dominated the first half. They were probably even more thrilled when Emmanuel Adebayor scored a gorgeous volley. They were probably less than thrilled when Ravel Morrison and Mohamed Diame came off the West Ham bench. They were probably even less thrilled when Matt Jarvis equalized. They were probably really not thrilled when Modibo Maiga scored a winner.

Tim Sherwood is not Andre Villas-Boas and, looking intent on showing the entire world how not Andre Villas-Boas he is, he picked a team in a 4-4-2 shape with the aforementioned Adebayor, two regular-footed wingers and a seemingly insane center of midfield with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Mousa Dembele. It worked in the first half, except for the fact that no one could get a dangerous shot on target.

Emmanuel Adebayor changed that with a wonderful volley off the underside of the crossbar in the 67th minute, putting Spurs ahead, but that only served to piss off Sam Allardyce. Once West Ham put their two best midfielders into the game, it changed dramatically, and West Ham were fairly dominant in every way except for possession numbers.

By the time Jarvis scored, it had been coming for about 10 minutes. Similar things cannot be said for Maiga's header, but it certainly was sufficiently Spursy.

For those who have been screaming that you want your football club back, you have your wish. That was the most Spurs game that ever Spurs'd. Same as it ever was.

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