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West Ham United Surprises Tottenham, Advances in Capital One Cup

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After dismissing Andre Villas-Boas due to the recent results, Tottenham Hotspur faced their contest without the Portuguese manager and the results weren’t encouraging at all.

The Spurs hosted West Ham United in a quarterfinal match for the Capital One Cup. The team managed by interim coach Tim Sherwood had the best chances in the first half and even got the lead, but The Hammers turned things around and won 2-1 to book a place in the next round.

The hosts rested several of the first-team regulars like Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado, but they still managed to put up a competitive side led by Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermaine Defoe upfront. The Togo international broke the deadlock in the 60th minute, and even though Tottenham managed to control the ball a lot, the game took an interesting twist in the final 10 minutes.

Winger Matt Jarvis caused a huge surprise when he tied the scoreboard with only ten minutes left in the game, but it turned out that the key for the win came off the bench. Substitutes Mohamed Diame and Madibo Maiga combined into a good play that saw the latter heading home a cross past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

It’s clearly not the start interim manager Sherwood wanted, and it seems like the struggles of the team weren’t solely fault of Andre Villas-Boas. The Spurs clearly need to think about a new plan because otherwise they are headed for a massive failure in both the Premier League and the Europa League this year.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google