Tottenham’s fortunes took another blow after Modibo Maiga scored late on to take West Ham into the Capital One Cup semi-finals.
Spurs took the lead in the second half when Emmanuel Adebayor scored his first goal since May with a superb volley.
The Hammers levelled when Matt Taylor found Matt Jarvis on the left side of the area who then smashed in.
Five minutes from time substitute Maiga grabbed the winner when he headed in from Mohamed Diame’s right-wing cross.
Amazingly West Ham had make seven changes and still won there way into the semi-final.
Former Tottenham manager David Pleat at White Hart said:
“Tim Sherwood tried to play with a more open formation. He was brave going with two strikers.
“They could not crack West Ham, and I thought they needed to change at half time. You have to give credit to the West Ham defenders and their narrow midfield.
“Overall, Tottenham showed a good work-rate but they needed a bit more. It is a big blow to Tottenham, Tim Sherwood is big enough to cope with the defeat.”
Tottenham caretaker manager Tim Sherwood: “We started the game really well. We created chances in the first 20 minutes, but couldn’t make the breakthrough. Later we gave it away and encouraged West Ham – they got the breaks in the end.
“Give them credit – they bombarded us and stuck to their task. It’s a shame Adebayor had to come off the field but you cant slog the boys. They were enforced changes, but hopefully they’ll be fine for the weekend.”
Tottenham caretaker manager Tim Sherwood on his future: “I don’t know if I’ll be Spurs manager – I haven’t spoken to the chairman. We have to have a chat and see. It has to fit me and the club. The club have to make the right appointment – as you can imagine the list is as long as your arm.
“It is new for me. I have enjoyed it.
“It is a new voice for the players. I am trying to get the best out of them, it is difficult o get the message across of how I want to play in a few days.
“On Monday I was going to take the development team training at 10:20, I then had to change my plans to take the first team.
“There are a lot of big names in the frame. It depends who the chairman thinks is the right one.”
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce: “As the game wore on both teams had to go for it. Neither of us wanted it to go into extra-time.
“It is what you can do when the spaces get bigger and bigger. We improved after Emmanuel Adebayor’s goal.
“We saw the shaken nerve ends of Tottenham when we scored. We then went for the jugular. Our substitutes, who came on with fresh legs, exploited the spaces.”
Tottenham XI: Lloris; Walker, Chiriches, Capoue, Rose; Lennon, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Townsend; Adebayor, Defoe
West Ham XI: Adrian, O’Brien, Rat, Collins, McCartney, Diarra, Taylor, Collison, J.Cole, Jarvis, C.Cole