Harry Kane brace keeps West Ham in the mire

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham striker Harry Kane (C) scores his second goal past West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart during the English Premier League match at The London Stadium, in east London on September 9, 2017 © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 23 – Harry Kane struck twice as 10-man Tottenham Hotspur survived a late scare to maintain their perfect away record with a 3-2 victory at West Ham United on Saturday.Kane’s double, taking his tally to six in four games, and a third from Christian Eriksen gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side a three-goal lead on the hour before Javier Hernandez started the Hammers fightback. The home side were helped by the 70th-minute dismissal of Serge Aurier for a second yellow card and were given further hope when Cheikhou Kouyate headed home from Arthur Masuaku’s 87th-minute cross.But Spurs held on to claim a third win in three away games, a record that eases the pressure over their continuing problems in their temporary home at Wembley, where they have yet to win in the league.Tottenham manager Pochettino had taken a 49-strong group of players and club staff out for a mid-week meal at a London steak restaurant to strengthen the bond within the squad.His side needed to draw on all of that team spirit to stand firm when it looked as though they might squander the chance to close the gap on the Premier League leaders.West Ham may have been unable to match Tottenham’s progress in recent years, but they have had the edge over their London rivals on home turf.Twice in the last two seasons, a 1-0 home win for West Ham has brought an end to Spurs’ title challenge.For the opening half hour at London Stadium it looked as though the home side would be capable of once again upsetting Pochettino’s men.The warning signs, though, were there for West Ham in the 24th minute when Aurier was sent clear on the right by Moussa Sissoko.His low cross would have brought the opening goal had Kane not mistimed his forward run.– ‘Sacked in the morning’ –While Tottenham were beginning to assert themselves, West Ham were forced into a reshuffle in the 27th minute when Michail Antonio limped off with a groin problem to be replaced by Andy Carroll.Carroll made an entrance he would prefer to forget, giving the ball away near halfway and allowing Eriksen to start the move that led to Kane’s 34th-minute opener.The Denmark international placed the ball into the path of Dele Alli on the right flank and the midfielder whipped in a cross that allowed Kane to send a glancing header past goalkeeper Joe Hart.Four minutes later, Carroll once again conceded possession near halfway.This time it was Jan Vertonghen who picked out Alli’s run into the box and when Hart saved the England midfielder’s initial shot, Kane was on hand to turn in the rebound.It was all too easy for Pochettino’s team, who continued to apply intense pressure after the break.They extended their lead on the hour when Eriksen stroked in the third after Kane had struck the post from a free-kick.The Tottenham supporters began to chant ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning!’ at Slaven Bilic and things could have looked even bleaker for the West Ham manager had Kane not hit the woodwork for a second time.But West Ham were handed a lifeline in the 65th minute when Hernandez headed in a reply after Jose Fonte had flicked on Aaron Cresswell’s corner.Home hopes were further strengthened when Aurier clattered into the back of Carroll to pick up his second caution in six minutes, leaving Spurs with 10 men for the final 20 minutes.Kouyate’s thumping header set things up for a grandstand finish, but Spurs survived a fractious period of stoppage time to complete victory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Talking Horses: Last chance to make hay with James Bowen’s 5lb claim

first_imgHorse racing tips Quick guide Racing tips for Monday 22 January Was this helpful? Fakenham 1.25 Hurricane Rita 1.55 Rio Quinto 2.25 Holly Bush Henry (nb) 2.55 Potters Midnight 3.25 Tower Of Allen 3.55 Little Windmill (nap)Wolverhampton 4.20 River Rule 4.50 Natch 5.20 Desert Doctor 5.50 Sonnetist 6.20 Flight Of Fantasy 6.50 Gealach Ghorm 7.20 Hidden Oasis Horse racing Share on Messenger features Topics Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Was this helpful? Hide Share on Pinterest ‘Minimum bet’ rule could prove a winner for punters and horse racing Bowen, who does not turn 17 until March, teams up with Phil Middleton’s Holly Bush Henry (2.25) and, while Saturday’s success finished off his rider’s 5lb claim, that process takes a few days to implement and he is still taking 5lb off today. This pair won at Plumpton on good ground in September, when Bowen’s claim was 7lb and his mount was a couple of pounds lower in the handicap. Testing conditions add to Fakenham being likely to prove a tougher assignment than Plumpton, but the Bowen factor can prove decisive once more. Middleton, for whom Bowen won on Exitas in a valuable event at Ascot in November, said on Sunday: “Holly Bush Henry may not want it turning heavy, but he has won on soft. I won’t be giving James any instructions – and there’s not many 16-year-olds who you could say that about. He knows the horse, and in my opinion he is a complete natural and has a gift.” Show Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe Today’s best bets, by Chris CorriganJames Bowen, the 16-year-old jockey who has plundered several big prizes in the past month – including the Welsh Grand National and the Lanzarote Hurdle – maintained his winning momentum at Fontwell on Sunday. He was successful on a 6-4 favourite, Atlantic Roller, for trainer Chris Gordon, following victory on the 5-1 chance Jenkins at Ascot on Saturday for Nicky Henderson, and has prospects of stretching that to a three-day winning sequence when he heads to Fakenham today. Thank you for your feedback. Support The Guardian Fakenham1.25 Hurricane Rita 1.55 Rio Quinto 2.25 Holly Bush Henry (nb) 2.55 Potters Midnight 3.25 Tower of Allen 3.55 Little Windmill (nap). Thank you for your feedback. Quick guide Monday’s racing tips Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Talking Horses The Welsh teenager has a second booked ride, aboard Heresmynumber, in the final race on the card, a conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle. But the Ali Strong-trained eight-year-old may well find it difficult to hold Little Windmill (3.55). Neil King’s runner has never won over hurdles but turns out here following a chase success on heavy going at this track on New Year’s Day. Our latest trainer form table Malcolm Jefferson 38% (8) Nick Williams 36% (11) Warren Greatrex 33% (21) Nicky Henderson 31% (36) Emma Lavelle 31% (13) Alan King 27% (15) Harry Fry 26% (19) Brian Ellison 25% (12) Donald McCain 21% (28) Sue Smith 20% (20) Kim Bailey 17% (12) Dr Richard Newland 17% (6) Tom George 14% (21) Dan Skelton 13% (39) Paul Nicholls 13% (16) Oliver Sherwood 13% (16) Ian Williams 13% (16) David Pipe 13% (15) Lucinda Russell 12% (26) Colin Tizzard 11% (18) Rebecca Curtis 11% (9) Nigel Twiston-Davies 10% (30) Gary Moore 9% (32) Kerry Lee 8% (13) Tim Vaughan 8% (12) Neil Mulholland 7% (29) Evan Williams 6% (34) Philip Hobbs 6% (16) Charlie Longsdon 5% (22) Venetia Williams 4% (28) Jonjo O’Neill 4% (26) Peter Bowen 0% (11) Nicky Richards 0% (10) Fergal O’Brien 0% (7) Ben Pauling 0% (7) Chris Cook: As Nicky Henderson’s win-rate has slowed down very marginally from the incredible levels he had been setting, Malcolm Jefferson has inherited the top spot, despite not having had a runner for eight days. The Yorkshire trainer may be represented once more at Wetherby tomorrow. Warren Greatrex is the biggest riser of the week and probably in the short history of this table, since he was on 0% last week. His Lambourn yard has since had seven winners, including all three of its Saturday runners. Harry Fry is doing well again, while Colin Tizzard’s tally represents only a couple of winners but one of them was in the Peter Marsh, which counts as a significant strike for a yard that had been quiet. Paul Nicholls has also started winning again but it’s been a couple of weeks since Philip Hobbs had his Saturday treble and he’s threatening to go quiet again. Each Monday through the core jumps season, we’re monitoring the relative success of 35 major jumps stables. The percentage figure is their win strike-rate for the last fortnight, while their total number of runners in that time is in brackets. Hide Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Wolverhampton4.20 River Rule 4.50 Natch 5.20 Desert Doctor 5.50 Sonnetist 6.20 Flight of Fantasy 6.50 Gealach Ghorm 7.20 Hidden Oasis. Show Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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