West Ham United welcomed Tottenham Hotspur to the London Stadium for the second time in a matter of weeks on Wednesday night, with the visiting side emerging as winners again.
The Carabao Cup affair saw both sides make changes to their respective line-ups to what they brought out in the Premier League, when Spurs edged the Irons put in a 1-0 win.
Cup football resulted in a much wider scoreline than in the league, with the Lilywhites 3-1 victors thanks to goals by Son Heung-Min (x2) and Fernando Llorente.
Christian Eriksen will have been awarded the assist for the Spaniard’s left-footed volley, which ensured the currently homeless club progressed to the quarter-finals, but the build up to the goal certainly will have had its effect on Hammers defenders.
Just before the corner was taken, a second pitch invader rushed onto the field and made his way through the West Ham box as the players readied themselves for the incoming ball.
Centre-back Angelo Ogbonna intercepted the fan as he managed to avoid stewards, with these Irons certainly feeling it had an impact on the third goal.
The pitch invader leading to the third goal is the most West Ham moment you can imagine. An idiot supporter, terrible defending and a limp exit from the cup.
— Tony Finnegan (@Finnegan1895) October 31, 2018
Does the pitch invader get an assist for the 3rd goal!! There been way to many pitch invaders so West Ham should be made to leave the stadium……… please…… please make us leave!!!
— Tom Burford (@TommyB47) October 31, 2018
I do they would have lost concentration hence leading to the goal.
— ⚒Mark Bright⚒ (@TweezerGeezer) October 31, 2018
Let’s not exaggerate Alan, the pitch invader was a silly boy who had probably had to much to drink, in no way was he a hooligan, cost us the third goal when we was on top though
— John groom (@Likemydreams76) November 1, 2018
And well done to the idiots who applauded the first pitch invader that effectively cost us the third goal and handed Spurs the match.
— Martin Jessop (@ThatchamIron) October 31, 2018
No mention of the pitch invader before they took the corner for their third goal? Put everyone off and ended any chance of a comeback.
— Ryan (@ryanheir88) October 31, 2018
Our own pitch invader distracted our defenders before third Spurs goal, how very West Ham ? …
— Jack – Xammo (@XammoTheGamer) October 31, 2018
Ogbonna too busy marking the pitch invader to worry about Llorente. All 3 goals conceded have been a joke
— JMS (@JohnMarkSisman) October 31, 2018