West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has denied Joe Hart’s axing for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup showdown with Tottenham is a consequence of the England goalkeeper’s error against Brighton on Friday.
Hart has received criticism for his failure to repel Jose Izquierdo’s strike as Brighton departed the London Stadium with a commanding 3-0 Premier League victory, which left the Hammers 16th and clear of the relegation on goal difference only.
The 30-year-old recovered after enduring a difficult start to his West Ham career, conceding 10 goals in his first three matches, although back-up stopper Adrian will take his place between the posts against Spurs.
“Against Brighton we made a few mistakes and shipped three goals,” said Bilic. “But it’s not because of that Adrian will be in goal. It was a plan from the beginning of the season and Adrian did well in his [League Cup] games.”
Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele, meanwhile, who has been sidelined since the previous round with a hip injury, has this week returned to training.