Silva hat-trick helps West Ham down Tottenham in Premier League 2 opener
PUBLISHED: 09:30 14 August 2018
Premier League 2: Tottenham Hotspur 1 West Ham United 3
Xande Silva netted a treble on his West Ham debut to help them claim bragging rights over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in Premier League 2 on Monday night.
Spurs took the lead early on when Samuel Shashoua curled home and Wayne Burnett saw his team dominate the first 45.
The Hammers levelled on the stroke of half time though, and two goals soon after the restart swung the game in their favour.
It proved decisive as the away side held out for an impressive 3-1 win at Stevenage’s Broadhall Way to begin the new campaign with three points.
Spurs went ahead after six minutes when they took a short corner and although Marcus Edwards was dispossessed, Shashoua picked up the loose ball and worked a yard of space before curling into the bottom corner via the post.
It was a fine strike and a positive way for Tottenham’s under-23s to start their season, but West Ham also levelled immediately.
Nathan Holland ghosted posted several opponents, but Alfie Whiteman got down low to parry his effort wide.
The Spurs goalkeeper was almost caught out just past the quarter hour mark when Reece Oxford tried his luck from just inside his own half, but the speculative shot flew wide at Broadhall Way.
Most of the play continued to take place in the middle of the park with Josh Cullen and George Marsh prowling around impressively for their respective sides.
Tottenham were enjoying the better of the attacking moments though, and almost made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute.
Boss Burnett shouted ‘give it to Marcus’ and his team listened as Edwards got on the ball, spun past three opponents and played in Shashoua, but his square ball was cut out by the outstretched leg of Hammers skipper Oxford.
Nathan Trott was tested soon after when Japhet Tanganga headed towards goal and the away custodian had to tip over the crossbar.
There was a scare for Spurs in the 29th minute when Marsh’s back pass was slightly short and Alfie Lewis closed down Whiteman and won the ball, but as he went to shoot Marsh got his body in the way and the danger was eventually thwarted.
Tottenham’s young midfielder was back doing positive things in possession with 33 on the clock when he turned away from his marker and threaded a wonderful pass out to Edwards.
Spurs’ exciting winger raced at Tunji Akinola, cut inside him and another, but this time was stopped in his tracks by a good tackle on the edge of the area.
It should have been 2-0 five minutes before the break when Shashoua showed great strength despite his small stature to hold off Conor Coventry and play in Shilow Tracey, who beat Josh Pask to the ball and was now in on goal.
Tottenham’s forward only had Trott to beat, but with the angle tight, he fired just past the post.
West Ham made the most of the wasted opportunity by levelling the scores on the stroke of half time.
Grady Diangana looked to play in August signing Silva and although Dylan Duncan come across to cover, he saw his tackle deflect off the forward and the former Vitoria Guimaraes ace smashed into the roof of the net to ensure it was all square at the break.
Having finished the first 45 with aplomb, West Ham began the second period on fire and netted twice in the space of three minutes.
It took the visitors merely 20 seconds to go ahead after the restart when the dangerous Silva controlled and slotted past Whiteman with ease.
After a cool finish to grab his second, the Portuguese striker completed his hat-trick in the 48th minute when he controlled Holland’s cut back and curled into the corner.
Tottenham reacted by introducing Shayon Harrison with 51 on the clock as Shashoua made way.
Spurs had the stuffing knocked out of them by the two quick goals and looked void of confidence now.
What didn’t help was when captain Connor Ogilvie picked up an injury and had to be replaced by Jaden Brown with 22 minutes left.
The Hammers made a substitution of their own in the 72nd minute when quick forward Oladapo Afolayan replaced Diangana.
It was almost 4-1 seconds later when Ben Johnson got in down the right and cut back for Silva, but Tanganga chucked himself in front of the shot and managed to block the effort and keep the deficit at two.
Burnett made his third and final change with quarter of an hour left when Jack Roles took the place of Duncan.
Although Spurs continued to enjoy joy down the wings, they struggled to find anyone in the penalty area with West Ham defending strongly.
Furthers substitutions were made by the visitors as the game at Stevenage approached the final exchanges.
Hat-trick hero Silva made way for Jahmal Hector-Ingram while Josh Pask was taken off and replaced by Mason Barrett.
The dying embers of the match saw Tottenham maintain some pressure on the away goal without troubling Trott and the closest they went to a consolation was when Edwards whipped a free kick over the wall, but harmlessly over the crossbar.
Referee Sam Purkiss blew the full time whistle soon after to give West Ham a 3-1 win in the Premier League 2 opener for both clubs.
Tottenham Hotspur: Whiteman; Eyoma, Dinzeyi, Tanganga, Ogilvie © (Brown 68); Duncan (Roles 75), Marsh, Shashoua (Harrison 51); Edwards, Tracey, Georgiou.
Unused substitutes: Freeman, Hinds.
West Ham: Trott; Johnson, Pask (Barrett 78), Oxford ©, Akinola; Diangana (Afolayan 72), Cullen, Coventry, Holland; Lewis, Silva (Hector-Ingram 79).
Unused substitutes: Anang, Scully.