A brace by Ghana international Andre Ayew helped West Ham pull off a stunning comeback against London rivals Tottenham to progress to the Carabao Cup quarterfinals Wednesday night.
The Hammers, who have been on a bad patch in the Premier League this season, scored thrice in 15 second-half minutes to overturn a two-goal deficit to a 3-2 win away at the Wembley Stadium.
Tottenham took the half-time lead through Moussa Sissoko (6’) and Dele Alli (37’) before a quick-fire double from Andre Ayew and a header from Angelo Ogbonna capped a superb comeback.
The game came alive within 10 minutes of the re-start when Ayew pounced to poke home from close range after Spurs keeper Michel Vorm failed to hold a powerful Edimilson Fernandes shot from the edge of the area.
West Ham were level just five minutes later when Ayew applied the finishing touch to a cross by Manuel Lanzini and astonishingly took the lead when Ogbonna rose to head home Lanzini’s corner with 20 minutes to go.
“We stayed confident. We were down but the coach had the words. I want to congratulate the whole team, it’s a massive win. We have a massive game on Saturday (against Crystal Palace).
“We have to enjoy this, but prepare for Saturday. We knew if we scored early in the second half we’d have a chance. We need to relax and work hard because Saturday is a big one,” Andre Ayew who emerged West Ham’s man-of-the-match told Sky Sports.