Zouma earns West Ham a point as Spurs miss chance to go fourth

2 Apr 2024
Zouma celebrates

Hammers defender's goal cancels out Johnson's early strike in 1-1 draw

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Tottenham Hotspur missed the chance to move level with Aston Villa in the top-four race as they were held to a 1-1 draw at West Ham United in a London derby.

Brennan Johnson fired Spurs in front on five minutes, but Kurt Zouma’s equaliser soon after ultimately proved enough to earn the Hammers a point. 

Spurs remain fifth with 57 points. West Ham, who are winless in their last four matches, stay seventh on 45 points. 

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Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
4 Aston Villa AVL 34 +21 66
5 Spurs TOT 32 +16 60
6 Man Utd MUN 33 +1 53
7 Newcastle NEW 33 +15 50
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How the match unfolded 

Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs side, who had come from behind to beat Luton Town 2-1 on Saturday, were quick out of the blocks. 

They went in front after a swift exchange of neat passes down West Ham’s right culminated in Timo Werner crossing for Johnson to tuck home from close range. 

Johnson goal

The Hammers have now conceded 55 league goals this season, the same amount as they let in throughout the entire 2022/23 campaign. 

Pedro Porro and Son Heung-min went close to doubling Spurs’ lead, but the visitors were pegged back in the 19th minute as Jarrod Bowen’s corner went in off Zouma's back as he attempted a header. 

Zouma goal

Zouma has now scored 11 Premier League goals in the last four seasons, with Arsenal’s Gabriel the only defender to find the net more often during that time, scoring 14 times.

West Ham began the second half strongly as they looked to complete the turnaround, with Guglielmo Vicario producing reflex saves to deny Michail Antonio and Konstantinos Mavropanos

Antonio then squandered a marvellous opportunity on the hour. Having outmuscled Micky van de Ven to latch onto a long ball, the Jamaica international fired straight at Vicario. 

Lukasz Fabianski was grateful to see Destiny Udogie’s strike in the fourth minute of stoppage time sail into his grasp in an end-to-end finale, as both sides had to settle for a point. 

Club reports

West Ham report | Spurs report

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Key facts

West Ham have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League home matches, while they have now won 14 points across nine London derbies this season, their best return in such games since getting 17 points from 10 derbies in 2018/19.

Spurs have won just one of their last six Premier League away matches. They have also failed to win on any of their last four league visits to the London Stadium. 

Brennan Johnson has been directly involved in six goals in his last seven Premier League appearances, with three goals and three assists. Overall, he has 12 goal involvements in 24 outings in the competition for Spurs, one more than he managed in 41 appearances for Nottingham Forest.

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