West Ham scored three times inside 15 minutes on Wednesday night, to come back from behind with a 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium and reach the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup.
Spurs had opened the scoring in the 6th minute through Moussa Sissoko, whilst the advantage was doubled in the 37th minute after Dele Alli curled one past Adrian and into the bottom right-hand corner, after it ook a deflection off Rice’s head, giving the keeper no chance.
After playing badly in the opening 45 minutes, it looked like the Hammers were on their way out of the competition and Manager Slaven Bilic’s future with the club looked doomed. However after a halftime team talk, the team came out fighting.
After the interval Spurs’ play became complacent to which the Hammers took advantage and 10 minutes later Andre Ayew scored a brace to haul the Hammers level on the hour. The man of the match also became the West Ham player that has been directly involved in more goals for the club than any other.
With 20 minutes remaining Angelo Ogbonna rose from a corner to head home the winner.
Bilic’s future hangs in the balance but the manager hopes the win has given his men a new found confidence.
“It can give us a lot of confidence, but only to do the same in training, to do the same on Friday, on Saturday,” said the Hammers boss.
“We have to use this opportunity to work hard. We have two days before Palace, it’s not ideal but the win gives you energy, gives you freshness.
“Now tomorrow at the training ground nobody is going to feel tired, from the impact of our result, from beating them.”
Spurs now travel to Manchester United for Saturday’s match, whilst West Ham will travel across London to play Crystal Palace.