In a heated and tense affair, Tottenham Hotspur secured their first win at the London Stadium and extended their run of impressive away form at the expense of West Ham United.
Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side an early lead, putting them into a strong position with Chicharito’s strike on the hour mark seemingly little more than a consolation.
Serge Aurier’s sending off for a second yellow card allowed West Ham fans to believe that there could be some hope of a comeback, with Cheikou Kouyate fueling that by adding a second.
It wasn’t to be though and Spurs held on to see out a crucial London derby victory. Here are three things that The Boot Room learnt from the game…
Christian Eriksen is Spurs’ best player
Eriksen was at the heart of everything that Spurs did going forwards and whilst Harry Kane may get all the plaudits after notching two crucial goals, he has a lot to thank his Danish playmaker for. Involved in both of Kane’s goals with his movement and passing set up Dele Alli, he added a superb finish of his own.
The former Ajax man has consistently produced this season and will clearly have a pivotal role to play if Tottenham are to be successful this season. Keep him, Kane and Dele Alli fit and firing and Spurs could well compete with the league’s big spenders.
Slaven Bilic needs a win, and soon
After going two games unbeaten in the Premier League with a win over Huddersfield and a draw at West Brom, this was an opportunity for the Irons to turn things around. Instead, they are still looking for their second win of the season and missed an opportunity to climb out of the bottom three.
With Swansea, Burnley, Brighton, Spurs in the cup and Crystal Palace in the next five games, unless Bilic starts picking up wins then he will surely be shown the door. Defeat to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup and a couple of defeats against relegation rivals could put them in real trouble.
Serge Aurier comes with baggage
For the 70 minutes of the game, Serge Aurier was one of the stand out performers. An inspired tackle on Marko Arnautovic prevented the Hammers from breaking through early on, and his bombing runs down the right flank posed a constant danger and almost set up Harry Kane to score had he not been offside.
Then, in one moment of stupidity, Aurier saw himself pick up a second yellow card in six minutes and receive his marching orders. A foolish and needless challenge, Mauricio Pochettino was more than aware that such ill discipline was part and parcel of Aurier’s game, but this is the first time it could have cost his new side on the pitch.