Ange ‘disappointed’ as Champions League dream takes hit; Utd’s horror injury blow — PL Wrap

    Tottenham’s bid for a top-four finish in the Premier League suffered a blow as West Ham’s Kurt Zouma rescued a 1-1 draw in Tuesday’s London derby.

    Ange Postecoglou’s side took an early lead through Brennan Johnson at the rain-lashed London Stadium.

    But Zouma quickly hit back to leave Tottenham with just one win in their last three league games.

    Tottenham remain in fifth place, two points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa, who face title-chasing Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

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    Tottenham Hotspur’s coach Ange Postecoglou.Source: AFP

    If Villa beat City for the second time this season, they would move five points clear of Tottenham in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

    A Villa defeat would allow Tottenham to move above them into fourth place if they win their game in hand.

    “It’s what you expect when you come here. They are a strong team and they sit compact, so you have to be patient,” Spurs’ Australian manager Ange Postecoglou said.

    “Disappointed not to get a better outcome but I thought we handled it okay. “I will be very surprised if all games aren’t tight. Everyone is fighting for something. We have to maintain our levels.”

    The Aussie bemoaned a lack of ‘clarity’ in their decision making in the final third, but cheekily added: “They are human beings, it is just football.

    “I would love to have a joystick and put them where I want them, but it does not work like that. “

    West Ham are now without a win in their last four league games, but boss David Moyes could take heart from the way his side bounced back with a spirited display after last weekend’s meltdown.

    The Hammers blew a 3-1 lead against Newcastle last weekend as three late goals condemned them to a 4-3 defeat.

    Tottenham, without a win at West Ham since 2019, came from behind to beat Luton 2-1 on Saturday thanks to Son Heung-min’s late winner.

    The momentum from that gritty success was still fuelling Tottenham as they snatched the lead in the fifth minute in East London.

    Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur. Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

    West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen scuffed wide from close range in the opening seconds and the visitors immediately made him pay.

    Timo Werner was the catalyst for Tottenham’s opener with an astute cutback that Johnson converted with a clinical finish from five yards for his fifth goal this season.

    Tottenham needed to win by at least two goals to climb above Villa and Pedro Porro nearly doubled their advantage with a long-range strike that fizzed just wide.

    Confusion between West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski and Vladimir Coufal ended with the ball running to Son, but Tottenham’s captain couldn’t apply the finishing touch to punish that slack defending.

    West Ham made the most of those escapes to equalise against the run of play in the 19th minute as Zouma rose highest to meet Bowen’s corner.

    The French defender misjudged his attempted header but still managed to deflect the ball into the far corner off his back.

    Bowen weaved through the suddenly anxious Tottenham defence for a deflected shot that Guglielmo Vicario saved at full stretch.

    Vicario made an even better stop to push James Ward-Prowse’s dipping free-kick over the bar.

    West Ham were on top again after the interval and Michail Antonio’s close-range effort was repelled by Vicario before Lucas Paqueta curled narrowly wide from 25 yards.

    As the pressure mounted on Tottenham, Antonio held off Micky van de Ven but hit his shot straight at Vicario with just the keeper to beat.

    After labouring for much of the half, Postecoglou’s men almost snatched the points in stoppage time, but Destiny Udogie’s shot was too close to Fabianski.

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    Meanwhile, injury-hit Newcastle’s hopes of European football next season were dented by Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s late equaliser for Everton from the penalty spot.

    Alexander Isak scored for the fifth consecutive game at St James’ Park to open the scoring.

    The Swede took his tally for the season to 19 as he cut inside Jarrad Branthwaite and slotted into the far corner on 15 minutes.

    How Sean Dyche longs for a striker of Isak’s quality. But Calvert-Lewin ended a near six-month goal drought from the spot after Ashley Young was hauled down inside the box by Paul Dummett.

    Everton set a new club record winless run of 13 Premier League games to leave their 70-year stay in the top flight still at risk.

    The Toffees edge four points above the relegation zone but have the threat of a second points deduction for breaches of financial rules hanging over them.


    Nottingham Forest pulled three points clear of the relegation zone with a first-half blitz of Fulham to win 3-1.

    The home side sped out of the blocks at the City Ground as Callum Hudson-Odoi and Chris Wood smashed home inside the first 19 minutes.

    Fulham boss Marco Silva showed his disgust by making a triple substitution after just half an hour.

    However, even that did not halt Forest’s momentum as Morgan Gibbs-White made it 3-0 in first-half stoppage time.

    Fulham pulled one back through Tosin Adarabioyo in the second half but it was too little, too late for the Cottagers.


    Second-bottom Burnley are now unbeaten in four but slip six points adrift of safety after a 1-1 draw at home to Wolves.

    Jacob Bruun Larsen put the Clarets in front, but Rayan Ait-Nouri’s header secured Wolves a point.

    Bournemouth climbed above Chelsea into 11th thanks to Justin Kluivert’s winner as they beat Crystal Palace 1-0.


    Manchester United defenders Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof have been ruled out of action for at least a month due to muscle injuries.

    Argentine World Cup winner Martinez’s season has been decimated by a series of injuries.

    The former Ajax man picked up a calf problem when making his return from a long-term knee issue as a substitute in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Brentford.

    Martinez had replaced Lindelof after the Swede picked up a hamstring injury. A difficult second season for United boss Erik ten Hag has been blighted by the consistent loss of key players to injury.

    The Red Devils are sixth in the Premier League, 11 points off the top four with nine games remaining.

    Martinez and Lindelof are also set to miss the FA Cup semi-final against Coventry later this month

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