West Ham United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard were on target as West Ham United secured a memorable London derby victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.
The Hammers pair struck at the start of either half as David Moyes’ men made a real statement of intent in their quest to remain challenging at the top end of the Premier League table, moving into the division’s top four in the process.
The victory didn’t come without its nervy moments, as Lucas Moura halved the advantage with 26 minutes to go and José Mourinho’s men upped the pressure as time ticked by.
Gareth Bale and Heung-min Son both hit the woodwork as their team desperately searched for parity, but the Hammers dug in and ensured a real team effort would gain its full reward.
West Ham made a lightning-fast start to the game and forced the opening goal just five minutes into the piece.
Jarrod Bowen was given far too much time to size up a cross from the right hand side afterTomáš Souček beat Sergio Reguilón to a loose ball, and he took full advantage.
Antonio got the merest touch to the wickedly-inswinging delivery, meaning Hugo Lloris could only bat the ball down right in front of him, and the No30 reacted swiftly to knock home his sixth of the season.
Five minutes later, Antonio nicked possession on halfway and led a dangerous counter. He drove right at the heart of the Spurs backline, reaching the edge of the area before nudging left to Jesse Lingard. The No11 tried to unselfishly return the ball to his striker, but got just too much on the pass and Spurs escaped.
Following that early whirlwind, Spurs settled and began to threaten themselves. Harry Kane drilled wide of the near post after being fed by Erik Lamela on a quick counter, before Tomáš Souček needed patching up after clashing heads with Davinson Sánchez in clearing a corner.
West Ham survived the seven minutes their Czech midfielder was off the pitch, and then Craig Dawson went close to doubling the advantage, rising high to meet an Aaron Cresswell corner with a towering header that Lloris needed to touch over.
As the half drew to a close, Łukasz Fabiański had to make a couple of sharp stops from Erik Lamela and Kane as the away side reminded West Ham of their threat.
The feeling at the break was that the Hammers would need further goals, and they wasted little time in delivering exactly that, as Lingard doubled the advantage a little over 60 seconds after the restart.
An offside flag cut the celebrations short initially, but a VAR check showed that Pablo Fornals was onside as Lingard flicked the ball beyond Eric Dier, before collecting himself and firing across Lloris and into the far corner.
Any thoughts that might lead to a comfortable second half were soon thwarted, however, as the visitors came back into the contest strongly.
With 64 minutes on the clock they halved the deficit, as Lucas Moura got across the near post to meet Gareth Bale’s inswinging corner and flick his header into the top corner.
That provoked a Spurs onslaught, and Bale was so close to levelling eleven minutes from the end when his quite brilliant first time strike from the edge of the box arrowed goalwards, fading away from Fabiański and kissing the bar on its away over.
Kane shot just off target from the edge of the box as Spurs continued to seek an equaliser, and in stoppage time it almost came in fortunate circumstances, as an attempted Vladimír Coufal clearance struck Heung-min Son and looped towards goal. It beat Fabiański but struck the base of the post, and the Hammers held on for a famous win.
West Ham United: Fabiański, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell, Rice, Souček, Bowen, Fornals (Johnson 81), Lingard (Noble 90+4), Bowen (Benrahma 65), Antonio
Subs: Randolph (GK), Martin (GK), Fredericks, Balbuena, Lanzini, Odubeko
Goals: Antonio 5, Lingard 47
Booked: Souček, Diop, Antonio, Fornals
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Tanganga (Doherty 46), Dier, Sánchez, Reguilón (Alli 76), Lamela (Bale 46), Højbjerg, Ndombele, Lucas Moura, Son, Kane
Subs: Hart (GK), Alderweireld, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Carlos Vinícius