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Pellegrini Turns Focus To League

Pellegrini Turns Focus To League

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini was disappointed with the Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham but quickly turned focus back to the league. Son Heung-min opened the scoring for Spurs after 16 minutes and was gifted a second shortly after half-time by dithering West Ham full-back Arthur Masuaku.

When Lucas Perez nodded in from a corner there was a sniff of a comeback from the Hammers, who had come from 2-0 down to win at Wembley at the same stage last season, but it was quickly snuffed out by Fernando Llorente.

Angelo Ogbonna had just managed to stop the first of two pitch invaders in his tracks, but he let the Spaniard give him the slip to sweep in Tottenham’s third.

Pellegrini refused to blame the fans who ran onto the pitch for the lapse in concentration. “I don’t think it is good for football,” he said. “One of the most important things the Premier League has is, it is always organised so I think that it is not good for football. “When you lose a goal like that and the game it is not good to try and find excuses.

The first goal also came after we dominated the game and they scored. After that we made mistakes, for the second goal as well. “It was important to continue in this cup, but we couldn’t. But we must always think that the Premier League is more important on Saturday.”

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