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West Ham United 3-4 Tottenham Hotspur: Grace Clinton stars as Spurs win seven-goal thriller


Tottenham's Grace Clinton scores against West Ham in WSL
Grace Clinton opened the scoring for Tottenham with her third WSL goal of the season

An inspired performance from Grace Clinton helped Tottenham to victory over West Ham in a seven-goal thriller in the Women’s Super League.

The 20-year-old midfielder scored twice and assisted Celin Bizet before Jessica Naz struck the winner in a match that swung one way then the other at Chigwell Construction Stadium.

Clinton’s second goal – a rocket from 20 yards out – put the visitors 3-1 up early in the second half, seemingly on course for a comfortable win.

Instead, West Ham came roaring back with Viviane Asseyi getting one back and, when Amber Tysiak equalised with 20 minutes left, the home side looked the more likely to win.

Five minutes later though, Spurs were celebrating as Naz found the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Spurs stay sixth but victory moves them level on points with Liverpool and Manchester United, while West Ham remain in 11th with only goal difference keeping them above the relegation place.

Clinton turned and rifled a left-footed shot into the bottom corner to open the scoring in the sixth minute but the Hammers were level 10 minutes before half-time when Risa Shimizu slid in to score her first goal for the club.

An inch-perfect through ball from Clinton put Bizet in to restore the lead for Robert Vilahamn’s side and Clinton doubled the advantage with a fierce strike soon after the restart.

West Ham were furious the goal was allowed to stand as they felt Amy Turner, stood in an offside position, impeded the view of goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold.

The home side used that sense of injustice to fuel a comeback with Asseyi applying the finishing touch after Riko Ueki’s cross had been diverted past goalkeeper Barbora Votikova by Spurs midfielder Eveliina Summanen.

Tysiak levelled with a looping header from a free-kick and the momentum seemed to be with the Hammers.

However, they were stunned by Naz’s clinical finish and despite piling on the pressure – with Katrina Gorry striking the post on her WSL debut – West Ham were unable to force an equaliser.

Clinton enjoying ‘freedom’ at Spurs

There was no lack of fighting spirit from either side in a pulsating encounter but the concern for Rehanne Skinner will be that it took going two behind for West Ham for those qualities to show.

Spurs were the dominant force prior to that and Manchester United loanee Clinton was the main reason the home side found themselves in that predicament.

While her parent club continues to struggle this campaign, Clinton is thriving and got her third and fourth WSL goals of the season with two sweet strikes.

“[Tottenham] have given me the confidence and freedom to express myself,” she told Sky Sports.

“I’m really enjoying being around the group and just love playing football.

“I’ve not thought about [making the move permanent]. I’m just happy to be playing football, I’m expressing myself on the pitch and I’m just taking it game by game.”

Regardless, with Clinton in such fine form and plenty more to come from Beth England as she works her way back after hip surgery, there is reason for optimism again at Spurs after a tough 2022-23 season.

Line-ups

West Ham Women

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Arnold
  • 21CookeSubstituted forDentonat 62′minutes
  • 5Tysiak
  • 23CissokoBooked at 29minsSubstituted forHarriesat 85′minutes
  • 3Shimizu
  • 8SnerleSubstituted forZiuat 62′minutes
  • 22GorryBooked at 42mins
  • 19HayashiSubstituted forMewisat 62′minutes
  • 2Smith
  • 20AsseyiBooked at 87mins
  • 9UekiBooked at 21mins

Substitutes

  • 12Harries
  • 15Mewis
  • 16Ziu
  • 18Denton
  • 24Stapleton
  • 25Walsh
  • 30O’Hanlon
  • 35Ademiluyi
  • 41Flannery

Tottenham Women

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Votíková
  • 15James
  • 4TurnerSubstituted forPetzelbergerat 56′minutes
  • 5BartripBooked at 84mins
  • 29Neville
  • 14Bizet IldhusøySubstituted forVinbergat 80′minutes
  • 20Ahtinen
  • 25Summanen
  • 8Clinton
  • 9EnglandSubstituted forGrantat 90+1′minutes
  • 17ThomasSubstituted forNazat 56′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Grant
  • 6Nildén
  • 7Naz
  • 10Brazil
  • 11Petzelberger
  • 13Vinberg
  • 16Graham
  • 23Ayane
  • 27Heeps

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