As the migraine subsides from last night’s frustrating cup defeat to Spurs there were four huge positives to emerge for West Ham.

So much about the defeat to Tottenham was sickeningly inevitable.

From the moment West Ham somehow decided it would be wise to enter a season with just one striker on their books, this has been coming.

Michail Antonio has tried his best – and for the most part succeeded – in carrying the weight of goalscoring expectation on his suspect hamstrings over the last two years.

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But no goals since October says more about the club’s abject failure to sign another forward than it does about Antonio.

The fact he missed West Ham’s biggest game for a long while, against their bitter rivals Spurs no less, due to Covid is unfortunate. But on the flip side West Ham have been ridiculously fortunate to have him available all season thus far given his injury record.

The Hammers were toothless up front as they dominated the second half of the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham.

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Four huge positives emerge from frustrating West Ham cup defeat to Spurs

But despite the frustration at another squandered opportunity to try and win some long overdue silverware, there were four HUGE positives for West Ham.

1: Jarrod Bowen. An excellent performance in the striker role from Bowen who scored a beautifully taken equaliser.

Bowen was much more effective than Antonio has been of late and caused Spurs all sorts of problems. There was even an argument to say West Ham looked more fluid with Bowen through the middle.

 

The only shame was West Ham’s inability to provide him with any decent service in the second half when on top.

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2: Harrison Ashby. David Moyes said the academy graduate was well on the way to becoming a Premier League player. And he showed why with a very impressive performance.

Ashby’s delivery was lacking at times and he was substituted as Moyes threw on Andriy Yarmolenko but his overall performance should give West Ham fans real hope that the right-back spot is in very good hands in the future.

3: Nikola Vlasic. It may have taken the best part of four months but £33m summer signing Vlasic finally showed some of what Moyes sees in him.

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This was the Croatian’s best performance yet and will be encouraging for the player and the manager.

But he still has a long, long way to go to prove he has what it takes to make it at West Ham. He wasn’t the best player by any means – and was substituted with West Ham chasing an equaliser – but this is more like what we want and expect to see.

4: West Ham have their spark back? Forget the woeful defending from the likes of Issa Diop and Arthur Masuaku and the pointless cameo from Andriy Yarmolenko because the performance of the team was much more encouraging than it has been since that momentum killing November international break.

Both Moyes and Declan Rice were saying the same after the game. Now the big test is whether West Ham can carry that into the Boxing Day game against Southampton.

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