Tottenham 1 West Ham 2
Managerless Tottenham exited the Capital One Cup as West Ham came from behind to claim a second successive win at White Hart Lane.
The Hammers won 3-0 in the Premier League encounter in October in one of the results which ultimately cost Andre Villas-Boas his job and saw Tim Sherwood placed in charge of Spurs for the League Cup quarter-final.
Sherwood thought he had made a dream start to life in the dugout when Emmanuel Adebayor put Spurs in front midway through the second half, but Matt Jarvis scored 10 minutes from time and Modibo Maiga headed in an 85th-minute winner to send the Hammers, struggling in the Premier League, into the semi-finals.
The Hammers, who had won just two of the 10 matches between visits to White Hart Lane, had been blunt until exposing the defensive deficiencies which were all too evident all too often during Villas-Boas’ reign, including in Sunday’s 5-0 home loss to Liverpool.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce knows Premier League results will determine his future, but a place in the last four and the prospect of a Wembley final could provide a much-needed fillip for his relegation-threatened side.
It had appeared Allardyce would have more immediate worries over his position when former West Ham striker Jermain Defoe crossed for Adebayor to net a thumping volley after 67 minutes. It was his first goal since the May win at Stoke.
The strikers – in particular Adebayor, who was making his first start of the season – were marginalised by Villas-Boas and provided an emphatic answer to their former boss.
But Adebayor ran out of energy and was replaced, Andros Townsend went off with a hamstring injury and West Ham struck twice late on to advance.