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Tottenham: What went wrong against West Ham?

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Sherwood hasn't had the best start at Tottenham (©GettyImages)
Sherwood hasn't had the best start at Tottenham (©GettyImages).

Tim Sherwood's first game in charge at Tottenham didn't go as planned as they crashed out in the quarter-final of the Capital One Cup following a 2-1 defeat to West Ham.

The defeat seems harsh on Spurs who played well throughout the game in terms of possession, but eventually their lack of taken chances was their downfall.

Statistically, Tottenham had 21 shots, with just four going on target. They also had a huge 68% of possession, and had 10 (very wasteful) corners. West Ham on the other hand, managed 12 shots on goal, with 8 on target - double Tottenham's total. 

If anything these stats emphasise what we've realised for much of this season - Tottenham are far too wasteful with their opportunities. Sherwood came in with an unpracticed 4-4-2 side with a makeshift front line of Defoe and Adebayor who haven't played together in a long time.

Sigurdsson and Dembélé were in the middle, with Townsend and Lennon out wide. The defence saw Rose at left-back, who isn't fully fit, with midfielder Capoue and Chiriches in the middle, and Walker on the right. Lloris was between the sticks.

On paper, it's a decent team, and the game started positively, Spurs dominant in possession, but were crucially unable to get the ball on target to test the West Ham goalkeeper.

Adebayor eventually broke the deadlock with a stunning volley to put Spurs 1-0 ahead, but it was all downhill from there. Sherwood made tactically poor substitutions, firstly the replacement of the injured Townsend with Chadli who had little to offer the team, and finally bringing off Adebayor - who was playing well and was working extremely hard for the team - for Holtby, instead of Defoe, who had wasted several chances, and was often caught offside.

Arguably it would have been better to bring off Townsend for Holtby and move Sigurdsson out wide, and then remove Defoe for Soldado so he could feed from the brilliant support that was supplied all game. There were many chances, but no-one except Adebayor took them, and Soldado is the perfect striker for pouncing on opportunities.

At the end of the day, it was the lack of chances taken, as well as perhaps the wrong decisions made by the boss, that led to Tottenham being knocked out of the cup, by the team who currently reside in 17th in the league table. They now look forward to a game with Southampton, away, on Sunday. Can Tottenham pick themselves up from two demoralising defeats?

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