Tottenham suffered their first defeat at their new stadium after losing 1-0 to West Ham on Saturday April 27th. A second-half goal from Michail Antonio was enough to give the Hammers victory in the afternoon kick-off.
Spurs had the first opening in the 11th minute as Son Heung-min ran onto Dele Alli’s pass, but his shot from a tight angle was gathered by goalkeeper, Lukasz Fabianski. West Ham was also threatened as Felipe Anderson was put through on goal in the 19th minute but shot straight at goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Lucas Moura shot inches wide in the 25th minute as the home side were starting to turn the screw. The best chance of the half came in the 36th minute as Son’s blocked effort fell to Christian Eriksen whose close-range effort was brilliantly kept out by Fabianski.
The away side started the second-half strongly as Ryan Fredericks had a shot blocked before Marko Arnautovic’s effort from distance was easily held by Lloris. The visitors finally took a deserved lead in the 67th minute as Arnautovic’s cross was chested down and fired in to the net by Antonio for the first away goal at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
A superb tackle by Fredericks denied Son an equaliser in the 74th minute, but the Hammers almost doubled their lead soon after as Antonio outpaced Ben Davies but saw his shot saved by Lloris at the near post. The hosts almost got an equaliser in stoppage time, but substitute Vincent Janssen’s header was cleared off the line by Fabio Balbuena as the east London side held on for the victory.
Reuters reported that Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino urged his side to forget this defeat ahead of their Champions League semi-final against Ajax on Tuesday April 30th.
"I think we did not manage the ball properly. It was a difficult game but in the second half we conceded a lot of space for them to counter attack. But we need to look forward. We cannot stop to think about what we did not do today, ” said Pochettino.
Reuters also reported the West Ham head coach Manuel Pellegrini reserved special praise for his Austrian forward Arnautovic. "I think Marko Arnautovic was very good. He made a brilliant pass for Antonio's goal. It has been a difficult season but I am sure that we will recover the player that he could be. This is a transition season we try not to change too much in our team... we have demonstrated in big games that we can do it but we must mentally convince ourselves that we can do better."