Tottenham chief Daniel Levy suffers further embarrassment with humiliating West Ham stat

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Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has been left embarrassed after past comments came back to bite him, as the North Londoners failed to record a single shot in the second half of their 1-0 defeat to West Ham United. Michail Antonio’s close-range finish was enough for the Hammers to overcome a toothless Spurs side who threatened very little in the second half.

Aside from a powerful Harry Kane header which was tipped over the cross bar by Lukasz Fabnianski at the end of the first half, Tottenham rarely troubled David Moyes’ side’s goal.

Tottenham are currently the joint lowest scorers in the top half of the table, with Brighton and Hove Albion also only registering nine goals in the Premier League all season.

However, their failure to register a single shot on goal against the Hammers in the second half has also reflected just as badly on Levy.

The Tottenham chairman emphasised his desire to hire a coach to bring “free-flowing, attacking and entertaining” football to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium this season.

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During their managerial search, Levy released a statement conveying his intention to appoint a manager who can shift the club away from the more pragmatic defensive methods of Jose Mourinho.

“We shall focus on the recruitment of a new Head Coach,” he wrote in an open letter to fans at the end of last season. “We are acutely aware of the need to select someone whose values reflect those of our great Club and return to playing football with the style for which we are known – free-flowing, attacking and entertaining – whilst continuing to embrace our desire to see young players flourish from our Academy alongside experienced talent.”

Unfortunately for Levy, the frustratingly stagnant display against the Hammers could not be any less reflective of that statement.

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But the most painful thing about the second half display will be the fact it was the third time this season the team failed to register a shot on goal in the second period.

And it was an unusual performance, considering the Premier League momentum they had build up in the previous weeks.

Two consecutive victories against Aston Villa and Newcastle, which finished 2-1 and 3-2 respectively, looked to have dragged Spurs back into top four contention.

The pressure had been building on Santo after the club lost three consecutive matches and conceded three goals in every single defeat just before the international break.

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However it looked like Spurs were putting another run of results together, until they fell flat against Moyes’ side.

Santo’s appointment has never really convinced the footballing world.

Former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca, who was known for his high intensity attacking football looked to be heading to the capital, until the move fell through at the last minute.

Santo on the other hand was known for his more pragmatic, counterattacking style which got Wolves promoted to the Premier League and into the knockout stages of the Europa League.

The Portuguese boss looked to be the polar opposite of Fonseca, and with Tottenham struggling in the goals department, it looks like the pressure be cranked up on him once again very soon.

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