Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United: Postecoglou’s Debut Ends in Defeat

Amelia Earhart
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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Ange Postecoglou, manager of Hotspur looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Optus Stadium on July 18, 2023 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

In Ange Postecoglou’s first match in charge, Tottenham Hotspur suffered a 3-2 defeat against West Ham United at Optus Stadium. The pre-season friendly in Perth showcased Postecoglou’s attacking style, but West Ham emerged victorious with a late goal from Gianluca Scamacca.

Despite dominating the game statistically, Spurs struggled to convert their numerous chances into goals. West Ham took an early lead through goals from Danny Ings and Divin Mubama, both from set pieces. Tottenham fought back with goals from Giovani Lo Celso and Destiny Udogie, leveling the score. However, a late finish from Scamacca sealed the victory for the Hammers.

Although Postecoglou couldn’t mark his debut with a win, there were positive signs for Spurs. Their patient build-up play and fluid movement in attack showcased the team’s potential for the upcoming Premier League campaign.

West Ham remained unbeaten at Optus Stadium, following their earlier victory over Perth Glory. Despite enjoying only 28% of possession, they defended resolutely and capitalized on set pieces to secure the win.

Harry Kane, the focal point of transfer speculation, had a quiet game as he was well-marshaled by West Ham’s defense. The uncertainty surrounding Kane’s future continues to be a topic of discussion.

Final Score: Tottenham 2-3 West Ham

Goal Scorers: Tottenham: Lo Celso, Udogie West Ham: Ings, Mubama, Scamacca

Highlights and Commentary:

In the 71st minute, Udogie flicked a near post corner to equalize, followed by Lo Celso drilling home a shot from a flicked-on header in the 68th minute. However, West Ham quickly regained the lead with Scamacca’s goal in the 78th minute.

Throughout the match, Tottenham piled on the pressure, but Lukasz Fabianski’s saves and missed opportunities hindered their chances of victory. Richarlison missed a golden opportunity with a header straight at the goalkeeper.

West Ham’s victory was sealed through a counterattack, leaving Spurs deflated after their comeback. Bowen and Zouma were substituted due to their impactful performances.

As the rain poured down, West Ham endured relentless pressure from Tottenham. Despite numerous attempts, Spurs failed to find a breakthrough, with Richarlison hitting the post and misplacing a header.

At halftime, West Ham led 2-0, capitalizing on set pieces with goals from Ings and Mubama. Fabianski’s outstanding saves frustrated Tottenham, who dominated possession but struggled to score.

The game kicked off with Tottenham in control, but West Ham quickly took the lead against Perth Glory. Throughout the match, Spurs maintained possession, yet Fabianski’s saves denied them. Ings opened the scoring for West Ham, followed by a blocked shot from Kulusevski.

Final score: Tottenham vs West Ham

 ScoreGoal scorers
Tottenham2Lo Celso, Udogie
West Ham3Ings, Mubama, Scamacca

Tottenham vs West Ham updates, highlights and commentary

FT: Tottenham 2 – 3 West Ham 

93 mins: One last chance for Spurs who earn a free kick after Fornals commits a foul 30-odd yards out. It’s chipped in towards the back post but West Ham comfortably nod it away. 

90 mins: Four minutes of stoppage time. 

89 mins: The chances continue to come for Spurs with Sanchez guiding a tame effort straight at the keeper before they appeal for a penalty when Davies goes down in the box. The ref waves play on. 

85 mins: Chance for Richarlison who aims a header straight at Fabianski from a few yards out. Big opportunity missed. 

84 mins: That sucker punch has taken the wind out of Spurs after mounting their two-goal comeback only to concede against the run of play. 

Bowen trudges off after another impressive stint, while Zouma joins him on the sidelines. 

78 mins: Goal! Out of nowhere! West Ham retake the lead with Fornals threading a ball through to Scamacca who makes no mistake one-on-one. 

74 mins: Zouma sticks out a leg to stop a pass reaching Richarlison in the box. The Hammers are under the pump. 

71 mins: Goal! When it rains it pours. Spurs have their second with Udogie flicking a near post corner past a motionless Fabianski to draw his side level in a matter of minutes. 

68 mins: Goal! Perisic flashes a ball across the goal before Fabianski scurries to make a save at his near post. 

The keeper is finally beaten though moments later when Lo Celso drills home from a flicked-on header. 

66 mins: The rain is lashing down as West Ham absorb yet more pressure. 

64 mins: Spurs still can’t find a way through with Richarlison once again getting into space in the box but unable to covert. 

59 mins: Richardson is being a pest leading the line and gets an appreciative clap from his manager. 

The Brazilian then races through on goal but smashes his effort off the post. Not long afterwards, he is unable to keep a glancing header down. 

54 mins: The raft of changes made by both sides has brought the tempo down somewhat but the story remains the same – plenty of the ball for Spurs but still no goals yet. 

52 mins: Spurs have been camped on the edge of West Ham’s box but have still been unable to make a chance count. 

47 mins: Plenty of changes for both sides and it’s Richarlison, who is on for Kane, who cuts a ball across the face of goal. It catches a deflection though from an onrushing Hammers defender and goes out for a corner. 

45 mins: We’re back underway!

HT: Tottenham 0 – 2 West Ham

So, over 70 per cent possession for Postecoglou’s side in the opening stanza and plenty of decent chances. But they have been unable to get past Fabianski, who has thwarted them at every turn. 

For the Hammers, it’s two goals from two set-pieces with Bowen again looking threatening every time he gets on the ball. 

45 mins: Solomon goes down in the box after driving a chance straight at Fabianski. Bowen slides in during the shot and Spurs want a penalty, but the ref is unmoved. 

West Ham then spring up the other end with Vicario pulling off a brilliant diving save to his left. 

41 mins: Fabianksi again denies Tottenham as Bissouma ghosts into the box and shoots low. 

Kulusevski then earns a corner when his shot is blocked. Spurs go short and a goal mouth scramble ensues with Solomon snatching at it while in acres of space in the box. 

38 mins: Second shaky moment from Vicario as he just about manages to find a teammate with a pass. From the resulting phase though, Solomon attempts to curl one into the top corner, but Fabianski palms it out. 

Meanwhile, a round of applause goes around the ground on 38 minutes in memory of former West Ham player Dylan Tombides, who tragically lost his life to testicular cancer. 

35 mins: Bowen goes down clutching his knee and the ref calls a halt to proceedings just as it seemed Kane was about to latch onto a through ball. Spurs fans not happy. 

32 mins: Some nice link play down the left between Solomon and Maddison but the English international’s cross is blocked. It’s been a frustrating first half an hour for Spurs so far. 

28 mins: Tottenham again enjoying plenty of the ball, but they haven’t been able to carve out any meaningful opportunities since their two early chances which were saved by Fabianski. 

25 mins: Off the kickoff, Maddison embarks on a mazy run before he’s chopped down on the edge of the box. The midfielder lines it up and smacks it straight at the wall. 

23 mins: Goal! Terrible moment for Vicario in goal as he is put under pressure and sprays a pass straight over the line for a corner. And it proves costly with Mubama heading home seconds later. 

20 mins: Spurs respond and earn back-to-back corners, yet they come to nothing before a pass runs ahead of Kane in the box to go out for a goal kick. 

18 mins: GOAL! Ings puts West Ham in front after Spurs fail to deal with the second phase of a corner. The striker nodding home from five yards out. 

17 mins: Maddison sends Kulusevski through down the right with an inch perfect pass, but as he cuts in from the left to get a shot off it is blocked by a defender. 

Bowen then replies for West Ham at the other end as he cuts inside and sees his shot blocked by Tanganga. 

11 mins: Solomon threads a delicate ball into the box with Fabianski once again called upon to make a save from close range. Wave after wave of attack from Spurs who are being patient in possession. 

9 mins: Bowen and Kane engage in a scrap for the ball with the West Ham star winning it. His side can’t keep it for long though. 

7 mins: The Hammers enjoy a bit of time on the ball in the centre of the park, before Kane wins his side a free kick. It’s worked left and Spurs carve open the defence but a smart save by Fabianski keeps scores level. 

3 mins: Early show of intent from Spurs who have penned West Ham into their own half while they enjoy all of the possession. West Ham were already 1-0 up against Perth on Saturday at this point in time. 

Kickoff: We’re underway! 

5 mins to kick off: The warmups have been completed by both sides as we tick ever closer to kick off. 

The lineups are being announced over the PA system in the stadium with Harry Kane inevitably drawing the biggest response from the crowd. 

35 minutes to kick off: The teams are out warming up with the lineups now released. 

Tottenham XI: Vicario, Porro, Romero, Tanganga, Reguilon, Skipp, Bissouma, Maddison, Solomon, Kane, Kulusevski

Subs: Austin, Whiteman, Royal, Sanchez, Udogie, Davies, Sarr, White, Devine, Hjoberg, Perisic, Lo Celso, Richarlison 

West Ham XI: Fabianski, Laing, Zouma, Ogbonna, Emerson, Bowen, Potts, Downes, Fornals, Mubama, Ings

Subs: Anang, Knightbridge, Luizao, Cresswell, Swyer, Chesters, Coventry, Scamacca

120 minutes to kick off: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ coverage of the pre-season friendly between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United. 


The Hammers kicked off their tour Down under with a 6-2 win over Perth Glory last Saturday and will now meet Spurs in a derby which will be Ange Postecoglou’s first match in charge of the club. 

Tottenham squad to tour Australia

Guglielmo Vicario, Alfie Whiteman, Brandon Austin, Josh Keeley, Destiny Udogie, Sergio Reguilon, Davinson Sanchez, Emerson Royal, Joe Rodon, Eric Dier, Cristian Romero, Pedro Porro, Djed Spence, Japhet Tanganga, Ben Davies, James Maddison, Oliver Skipp, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Ivan Perisic, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Pape Matar Sarr, Yves Bissouma, Alfie Devine, Harvey White, Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, Richarlison, Dejan Kulusevski, Manor Solomon, Dane Scarlett. 

West Ham squad to tour Australia

Lukasz Fabianski, Joseph Anang, Jacob Knightbridge, Jarrod Bowen, Dan Chesters, Conor Coventry, Aaron Cresswell, Flynn Downes, George Earthy, Pablo Fornals, Danny Ings, Levi Laing, Luizao, Divin Mubama, Angelo Ogbonna, Emerson Palmieri, Freddie Potts, Gianluca Scamacca, Kamarai Swyer, Kurt Zouma.

Tottenham vs West Ham live stream, TV channel

Here are the details for the live stream and TV channel to watch the pre-season friendly between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Optus Stadium in Western Australia for the Winter Festival of Football. 


  • Date: Tuesday 18 July
  • Time: 6:00pm AWST (8pm AEST)
  • TV channel: 10 Bold
  • Streaming: 10 Play, Paramount+


The match will be televised at 6 a.m. ET by CBS Sports Network, which can be streamed on Fubo, available to new users on a free trial.


The game will be able to be viewed through both club’s own websites via SPURSPLAY and WHTV

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