By the Coach
OK I am not obviously a West ham supporter but as you can imagine I was tonight.
Big Sam’s tactics reverted to the old Bolton way of playing. And they proved very appropriate as Spurs found it very difficult to counter the long balls and Carrol’s aggressiveness in the air.
To be fair West Ham played good football when possession was gained in the Spurs half with good passing and movement. And the second goal by Cole was the one that gave us Gooners hope.
But no big Sam had to go and change a winning team.
His substitutions were the ones that gave the game to Spurs. And what I mean is that by withdrawing Diame for Taylor he gave away the space in midfield for Bale to receive the ball, turn and unleash the winner.
The other unforced substitution was totally uncalled for and proved suicidal. Poor Pogatez was out of his depth. He was never in the game, was too slow and not up to speed.
Lennon ran rings round him and he gave fouls away to stop the Spurs winger. And that’s how they got their equaliser.
Thanks Big Sam. Thanks a lot….