Postecoglou's Tottenham fall 3-2 to West Ham

If Tuesday night's 3-2 loss to West Ham is anything to go by, Tottenham fans are set for one hell of a ride under 'Angeball'.

Ange Postecoglou's managerial debut at Tottenham got off to a rocky start, with defensive lapses allowing West Ham to go 2-0 up after 23 minutes in front of 46,266 fans at Perth's Optus Stadium.

Tottenham levelled the scores at 2-2 in the second half, only for West Ham to secure pre-season bragging rights with a 78th-minute winner from Gianluca Scamacca.

Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham collides with the Spurs defence.
Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham collides with the Spurs defence.
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Although the final scoreline wouldn't have pleased Postecoglou, the stats should bring a big smile to his face.

Tottenham unleashed 30 shots to four, including 12 strikes on target.

They enjoyed 72 per cent possession and won the corner count 14-3.

On any other day Tottenham could have easily won 6-3.

Only the goalkeeping heroics of Lukasz Fabianski, who pulled off six fantastic saves in the first half alone, prevented the scoreline getting ugly for West Ham.

One of Postecoglou's first promises upon taking the reins of Tottenham was to play an attractive, attacking brand.

Harry Kane of Tottenham in action against West Ham in Perth, Australia.
Harry Kane of Tottenham in action against West Ham in Perth, Australia.
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It's a style - fondly dubbed Angeball - that he has employed before to great success.

Tottenham delivered that in spades on Tuesday night, but there are definitely some defensive kinks that need addressing.

Against the run of play, West Ham opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Danny Ings headed home a floating cross from Jarrod Bowen.

The scoreline read 2-0 in the 23rd minute when West Ham caught Tottenham off guard by taking a quick short corner and firing the ball into the box, where an unmarked Divin Mubama headed home from the near post.

Tottenham upped the ante after the break with a completely different XI.

Giovani Lo Celso finally broke through for Tottenham in the 68th minute with a powerful close-range volley.

Scores were level in the 71st minute when Destiny Udogie produced a brilliant glancing header that sailed into the top corner.

But there was more drama to come, with West Ham's Scamacca scoring the winner in the 78th-minute when he coolly converted from a fast break.

Despite Tottenham walking away with a loss, there were more positives than negatives to come out of the game for Postecoglou.

There was a pre-match surprise when star Tottenham striker Son Heung-min, who fronted the media on Monday and trained at the WACA later that day, wasn't on the team sheet.

Eric Dier was also a notable omission.

Harry Kane was named Tottenham captain for the match, despite Bayern Munich claiming he is eager to join the Bundesliga champions.

Kane was largely kept quiet in the first half before being subbed off at the break, and his future remains a big talking point.