West Ham’s poor start
After an abysmal start to the season, West Ham have finally found their footing under new boss Manuel Pellegrini.
The Hammers would lose their first four league games of the season vs Liverpool, Bournemouth, Arsenal and Wolves.
West Ham would eventually pick up their first win of the season vs Everton and would go on to draw with the undefeated Chelsea.
Pellegrini’s side would then beat Manchester United 3-1 and then lose to Brighton.
West Ham vs Tottenham
So, given they have beaten Man United and drawn with Chelsea, West Ham will have been quietly confident they could have got something out of the game with Spurs.
However, that would not be the case.
Tottenham dominated the first 45 in terms of both possession and chances created.
Their dominance was eventually rewarded in the 44th minute as Erik Lamela gave them a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute.
Despite West Ham and Marco Arnautovic’s best efforts, the game would remain 1-0.
Andriy Yarmolenko’s unfortunate injury
Perhaps the biggest loss for West Ham vs Tottenham though was the fact Andriy Yarmolenko had to be stretchered off inside the first half.
39 – A brief break in play as Yarmolenko is stretchered off the pitch. He is replaced by Diangana.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 20, 2018
Looks like a bad injury for Andriy Yarmolenko. Looked like his foot caught in the turf, ankle or Achilles injury possibly pic.twitter.com/vxFRTR6tT9
— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) October 20, 2018
While the extent of Yarmolenko’s injury is not yet fully known, it does look as though he may be out for a while.
This would be terrible news for West Ham as Yarmolenko was a key reason why West Ham were able to pick up their first win of the season vs Everton.
The forward would score twice vs Everton and also pick up an assist in the Hammers win over Man United.