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West Ham United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur: Jose Mourinho leads Tottenham to win at West Ham

By Simon StoneBBC Sport at London Stadium
Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho has not lost his opening game at any club since his first job with Benfica in 2000

Jose Mourinho enjoyed a winning start as Tottenham manager with a 3-2 London derby triumph over West Ham at London Stadium.

First-half goals from Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura and a third from Harry Kane four minutes after the break gave Tottenham their first Premier League away win since 20 January.

It was about as comfortable as Mourinho could have hoped for after a tumultuous week, in which he replaced Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked by Daniel Levy less than six months after guiding the club to the first Champions League final in their history.

The result piles pressure on West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, whose side have now collected two points from their last seven games.

Under-fire keeper Roberto made an error for Son's opener and the hosts were booed off at half-time.

Late goals from substitute Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna gave the final scoreline a flattering look, but the result made a mockery of an ill-advised post from West Ham's social media team following Mourinho's appointment, highlighting previous difficulties the 56-year-old has endured at London Stadium.

A comfortable start for Mourinho

Spurs' top scorers
Kane has overtaken Martin Chivers to become Spurs' third all-time top scorer

In the build-up to the game, Mourinho indicated there would be no massive changes to a side that, for the first five years of Pochettino's reign, have been used to challenging for honours, even if they have never actually won any.

Although Mourinho's first in-match conversation with Son was to remind the South Korean of players behind him who needed marking, evidently, his strength is going forward.

Son's shot for Tottenham's opener was fierce enough. But the ball was close enough to Roberto as it flashed past the West Ham keeper for him to make a more passable attempt to keep it out.

It was raw pace that allowed Son to stride forward into open space and cross for Moura to covert the visitors' second.

Mourinho greeted the opener with a celebratory punch towards the ground. His reaction to the second was far more businesslike, screaming at his players, then shouting at Toby Alderweireld when he was ignored, to deliver an instruction to do with team shape.

Three hundred and forty two days after his last match as a manager - and another derby of sorts - this was about as far removed from Manchester United's 3-1 defeat at Liverpool as it was possible to get.

Kane's 11th Spurs goal of the season came a minute after Moura had fluffed a chance to finish off a length-of-the-field break.

There were no more goals but plenty of instructions from Mourinho, who, as he strolled calmly towards the bench at the final whistle, will know there are much harder days than this to come.

The Eriksen conundrum

It's about the team, not me - Jose Mourinho

Mourinho's first team selection was followed by his first warning, to midfielder Christian Eriksen, who he left on the bench.

Uncertainty over Eriksen's future has been one of the dark clouds hanging over Tottenham since the Champions League final. Out of contract next summer and out of sorts on the pitch, Mourinho dismissed a pre-match question about continuity being the reason for the Dane's absence by stating that he needed to know "what is in his mind and his heart".

Mourinho has never been one for accepting passengers on his managerial journey and evidently, he is not about to start now.

Eriksen is not on his own in having an uncertain future.

Central defenders Alderweireld, who gave an assured performance here, and Jan Vertonghen are out of contract at the end of the season. Danny Rose has a deal which runs to 2021 but the England man has already said the chances of him signing an extension are zero.

Yet Eriksen feels like the key. So influential in Tottenham's success down the years, it does not seem to be a coincidence that his club's form has collapsed at the same time as his.

His introduction for Dele Alli 13 minutes from time underlines Eriksen has not been excluded from Mourinho's plans. But how the new Spurs boss deals with that situation may prove pivotal in whether Tottenham clamber back into the fight for a Champions League place or linger in mid-table for the rest of the campaign.

Pellegrini's problems

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini understands West Ham fans' frustration after Spurs loss

If this day was to be all about Mourinho, West Ham fans used it as an excuse to turn on their own.

Goalkeeper Roberto was in the firing line. From the moment he came for a punch and missed it, home fans baited the former Malaga keeper repeatedly.

Ironic cheers accompanied the simplest of kicks and catches. Confidence in the Spaniard, who has conceded three times in each of his last three games, is at rock bottom.

The ire goes beyond that. Carlos Sanchez' introduction for Issa Diop - a move designed to give Declan Rice some time in central defence given a fifth yellow card means Diop is banned for next weekend's trip to Chelsea - was greeted by loud boos.

The word from West Ham following their hammering at Burnley a fortnight ago was that Pellegrini would be given more time. After this, there will be fresh doubt about that.

Events of the last week prove no manager is safe after a run of bad results.

Man of the match: Son Heung-min

Son Hueng-min
Son scored the opener, set up the second, had three shots and made three key passes

Match stats - Mourinho's debut streak

Jose Mourinho stats
Mourinho's first game in charge of each club he has managed - all were in the league bar Inter Milan (an Italian Super Cup penalty shootout win over Roma) and Manchester United (a Community Shield win over Leicester)
  • Having lost his first ever competitive game as manager, with Benfica in September 2000, Jose Mourinho has gone unbeaten in his first game in charge at each of his eight clubs since, including two different spells with Chelsea (W5 D3).
  • Mourinho won as many points in this game as Mauricio Pochettino mustered in his final 12 away Premier League games with Tottenham (W0 D3 L9).
  • West Ham have picked up just two points from their last 21 available in the Premier League (W0 D2 L5).
  • Tottenham have won three consecutive away league games against West Ham for the first time in their history.
  • All four of Michail Antonio's Premier League goals for West Ham against Spurs have come at different venues - Upton Park, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and London Stadium.
  • Antonio is one of four players to score at four different venues for a single club against a single opponent in the Premier League, alongside Steed Malbranque (Fulham v Manchester City), Dele Alli (Tottenham v Watford) and Christian Eriksen (Tottenham v Everton).
  • Tottenham's Harry Kane has scored eight goals in his last nine Premier League games against West Ham. Indeed, Kane has scored 29 goals in 46 Premier League London derbies - only Thierry Henry (43), Teddy Sheringham (32) and Frank Lampard (32) have netted more.
  • Kane has now scored 175 goals in 269 appearances for Tottenham - only Jimmy Greaves (266) and Bobby Smith (208) have netted more.
  • Son Heung-min (19) is Tottenham's leading goalscorer in all competitions in 2019, netting one more than Kane (18) this calendar year.

What's next?

West Ham are next in action at Chelsea in another London derby on Saturday, 30 November (15:00 GMT). Tottenham host Olympiakos in the Champions League on Tuesday (20:00) before a home Premier League game against Bournemouth on Saturday (15:00).


West Ham

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 13Jiménez
  • 24FredericksBooked at 39mins
  • 23DiopBooked at 11minsSubstituted forC Sánchezat 64'minutes
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 7YarmolenkoSubstituted forFornalsat 56'minutes
  • 16Noble
  • 41Rice
  • 8Felipe AndersonSubstituted forAntonioat 45'minutes
  • 11SnodgrassBooked at 87mins
  • 22Haller


  • 4Balbuena
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 15C Sánchez
  • 18Fornals
  • 25Martin
  • 27Ajeti
  • 30Antonio


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 24Aurier
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 33DaviesBooked at 70minsSubstituted forRoseat 75'minutes
  • 15Dier
  • 8Winks
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forSissokoat 82'minutes
  • 20AlliSubstituted forEriksenat 79'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 10KaneBooked at 87mins


  • 3Rose
  • 16Walker-Peters
  • 17Sissoko
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 21Foyth
  • 23Eriksen
  • 49Austin
Michael Oliver

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamTottenham
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Ham United 2, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United 2, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! West Ham United 2, Tottenham Hotspur 3. Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Paulo Gazzaniga.

  5. Post update

    Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).

  7. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Harry Winks.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sébastien Haller (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

  9. Post update

    VAR Decision: No Goal West Ham United 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur.

  10. Post update

    Offside, West Ham United. Sébastien Haller tries a through ball, but Declan Rice is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    GOAL OVERTURNED BY VAR: Declan Rice (West Ham United) scores but the goal is ruled out after a VAR review.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sébastien Haller (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Danny Rose.

  14. Booking

    Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Booking

    Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

  17. Post update

    Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur).

  19. Post update

    Ryan Fredericks (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Moussa Sissoko replaces Lucas Moura.


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