Tottenham Hotspur saw there unbeaten run ended when they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the Boleyn ground on Wednesday night.
- West Ham 1 Tottenham 0
- Antonio opens scoring
- Kouyate strike ruled out
- Hammers up to fifth
West Ham dominated the first half and fully deserved the 1-0 lead they took into half time courtesy of Michail Antonio’s header in just the seventh minute.
Spurs were better in the second period, but were unable to find a breakthrough as West Ham claimed the win to cement their place in the top six.
West Ham looked up for their clash against Tottenham from the opening whistle and the visitors only managed to get out of their half for the first time five minutes into the match.
However, the Hammers kept up the pressure and were rewarded in the seventh minute when Antonio got the better of Nacir Chadli at the near post to head in a Dimitri Payet corner to give the home side the lead.
Nothing was sticking for Spurs and, despite having the lion’s share of possession, their attacks looked stale and unimaginative.
Mark Noble tested Hugo Lloris from long range with a powerful drive in the 15th minute, but the France international denied the shot with a good diving save.
Payet looked a danger throughout and gaps began to appear in the Spurs defence as they committed more and more men to defend the French playmaker.
He was involved again in the 37th minute as he fed Noble, whose blocked shot fell to Antonio. The midfielder cut inside to create space for a shot from about 12 yards out, but his attempt was charged down by Toby Alderweireld.
Cheikhou Kouyate had the ball in the back of the net for West Ham in the 44th minute after he reacted quickest to Lloris parrying an Emmanuel Emenike shot, but it was correctly ruled out for offside.
Spurs looked much better after the break, especially following the introduction of Dele Alli, as a 63rd minute substitute, into an otherwise static midfield for the Lilywhites.
The visitors went close finding an equaliser around the time Alli was brought on when Adrian had to get down to parry a blistering long-range attempt from Alderweireld. The rebound popped up to Harry Kane for what looked like a simple tap-in but Angelo Ogbonna somehow got between the striker and the ball to knock it out for a corner.
Kane went close again in the 70th minute as Christian Eriksen hit a wicked low ball across the West Ham box, but the England striker was reaching with his toe and was unable to steer the ball goalward.
Ultimately, the match began to slow down as Tottenham ran out of ideas against a resolute West Ham defence and the Lilywhites 12-game unbeaten run away from home came to an abrupt end in west London.