I was not expecting a clean sheet for Lloris when Spurs faced West Ham on Monday. I was expecting Andy Carroll to score and he did although it was through a penalty.
Spurs won 3-2, thanks to goals by Bale, Sigurdsson and quick as lightening saves by Hugo Lloris.
The goalie went the wrong way for the Andy Carroll penalty and as for the Joe Cole goal, he couldn’t do anything about it given where he was positioned. However, he came up tops when Matt Taylor beat the offside trap and fired on goal, but a quick thinking Lloris was not about to allow West Ham to go 3-1 up.
He had 5 saves and 7 goal kicks. He was my Man of the Match along with West Ham’s outstanding goalie, Jussi Jaaskelainen. Lloris was a 4 out of 5.
Michael Dawson wants to thank his goalie:
THANKS, HUGO! (via Spurs official site):
“That was massive. It was 2-1 at the time and at 3-1, it’s probably game over, certainly in terms of winning.
“It would be hard to come back from there, but Hugo made a tremendous save and he did the same in the first half (save from Jarvis) as well.
“Hugo has certainly settled in well, he’s been brilliant since he’s been in the team and he deserves a massive mention as well.”
Meanwhile, it was another bruising night for Michael up against Andy Carroll, a player he once described facing as ‘like going 10 rounds with Mike Tyson’ after a match against Newcastle.
“It was certainly no different!” he said. “It’s always a tough test against Andy, a few elbows here and there, but that’s football.”
It was suggested Michael loved those physical match-ups. “Yes, I love it when we win,” he smiled.
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