West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham suffer their eighth defeat of the season in a 2-1 loss against in-form West Ham.

With both teams having crazy seasons, this London derby took place for the second time this season.

The reverse fixture ended 3-3 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Hammers’ midfielder Manuel Lanzini scoring one of the goals of the season deep in added time.

David Moyes’ side sat 6th in the league, with a win taking them into the Champions League places.

The Scottish manager made two changes from their win at home against Sheffield United, with Ben Johnson and Manuel Lanzini dropping to the bench for Pablo Fornals and a return for Michail Antonio.

Jose Mourinho’s Spurs sat 9th in the table, with the manager having the lowest win percentage in the Premier League since Juande Ramos’ reign in the 2007-08 season.

Only one change was made to his starting XI that fell to a 3-0 defeat a week prior against Manchester City, with Sergio Reguilon returning from injury and replacing Ben Davies.

West Ham started the better of the two sides, as the game began, and an early opportunity put the home side into the lead.

Five minutes into the match, Jarrod Bowen delivered a menacing cross towards the six-yard-area which was met by Antonio.

Despite being saved by Hugo Lloris, the ball fell to the feet of Antonio again and this time past Tottenham’s goalkeeper.

An early blow for the North London outfit.

The early pressure continued for the team in claret and blue, but Jesse Lingard could not find a return pass to Antonio and the attack broke down.

Moments later, Harry Kane had his first opportunity of the game swerve wide of the near post.

As Spurs began to find their way into the game, Davinson Sanchez and Tomas Soucek both climbed into the air for a header, in which they clashed heads.

United’s top scorer Soucek suffered more from the blow as he had to be treated for a head wound, which saw West Ham play with 10 men for five minutes.

It was a tense first half and Tottenham were unable to find the pockets of space between the midfield and defence that they usually do, and their chances were few and far between.

Their East London opponents were the better side in the first half, with their last opportunity before the break being a header by Craig Dawson, which was denied by Lloris, as he tapped it over the bar.

Lukasz Fabianski kept his team in the lead going into the half time break, as he got down quickly to a low and powerful Harry Kane shot.

The interval saw Jose Mourinho make two changes, with Matt Doherty and Gareth Bale coming on for Japhet Tanganga and Erik Lamela – who was already on a yellow card.

This proved to have no instant affect however, as West Ham doubled their lead within minutes.

Receiving the ball from Fornals, Jesse Lingard stormed into the area before firing a left-footed shot across Hugo Lloris and into the right corner.

There was a VAR check for a potential offside, but the goal stood, and the hosts had even more breathing space.

Tottenham really had a mountain to climb now.

On the hour mark, Harry Kane stepped up to take a free kick on the edge of the area.

His effort curled towards the bottom right corner but just wide of the post.

The introduction of Gareth Bale finally began working for Spurs, and minutes later they got their goal.

A corner whipped in by the Welsh international found the head of Lucas Moura – who rose above everyone at the near post.

His header glanced off the front post and into the back of the net, making it 2-1 with 25 minutes left to play.

Roles had reversed since the reverse fixture earlier on in the season, and now West Ham were the side holding onto a lead.

The next chance came from Kane, who cut in onto his left foot before seeing his low shot flash inches wide of the post.

Once again the England captain playing a huge involvement in their attack.

He then found himself free on the right flank, with ten minutes to play, and played a low ball across the face of goal.

Somehow Declan Rice was there to clear the ball, despite it looking so open for Dele and Son in the box.

The danger was not over however, and Kane played the ball in once more.

This time to Bale, who unleashed a first-time volley which crashed off the crossbar before flying over.

So close for the winger, who played a brilliant role in the win over Wolfsberger in the Europa League midweek.

Moyes’ side were unable to prevent pressure, as the fourth official held up the board for five minutes of added time.

The last opportunity of the match came two minutes into added time.

Vladimir Coufal’s attempted clearance struck the leg of Heung-Min Son – who had been quiet for the majority of the match.

This touch from Son, spun over the head of Fabianski, with the Polish goalkeeper unable to reach it.

Luckily for the Hammers, the ball hit the post and was cleared away from danger.

The game ended 2-1 to West Ham and was David Moyes’ first ever win for any side that he has managed over Jose Mourinho.

For Tottenham, it is now their sixth loss in eight games in all competitions, and another frustrating result in the Premier League.

Their next fixture is the second leg against Wolfsberger in midweek, before they host Burnley at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Victors West Ham face another tough task in their next game, as they travel to the Etihad Stadium to play top of the league Manchester City.

Match Report by Nathan Salmon

Twitter: @SalmonSport

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