Well, if we played the first 75 minutes the way we played the last 15 it would have been a competitive match. Sadly that wasn’t the case though. West Ham hung on in the first half, a spectacular goal from Jermain Defoe giving Tottenham the advantage heading into the half time break. After half time it all changed though with Tottenham bossing the game around and West Ham left to chase the ball around as a strike from Gareth Bale and then a brace from Jermain Defoe put us out of the game. Andy Carroll did manage to connect with a Matt Jarvis cross, heading the ball across goal and bagging his first in a number of months near the end of the match. It seemed to liven West Ham up and they started to attack with real vigor. Alas it was too little too late. Carroll had been a nuisance all match long, winning a good chunk of his aerial battles. Jarvis replaced a lackluster Modibo Maiga within the first half hour. Whether it was down to injury or just Maiga’s poor form we don’t know yet. Kevin Nolan was also substituted off, looking absolutely gutted. You get the feeling the lad doesn’t like being beaten like that and wanted to stay on the pitch and battle it out the whole way. But we’ve got Man Yoo on Wednesday, so perhaps Big Sam figured the game was gone and Nolan should be kept fresh. Not really the performance you want heading into a showdown with United.