Antonio on target as Hammers taste derby delight

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – London Stadium – Report

West Ham United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Michail Antonio – as he so often has in the past – settled this close-run London derby the way of West Ham United, extending their unbeaten sequence against Tottenham Hotspur to three matches.

David Moyes selected the same side that had won at Everton a week previous: “I think we’ve got a good squad and I want to keep using them,” the Scotsman enthused.

“I think this eleven which are playing just now have played well enough to warrant another selection and be picked again, but we want them to play well to stay in the team.

“We want the pressure from the other boys who obviously are doing very well, the ones who’ve come into the team, so they’ve got competition.”

This was Nuno Espirito Santo’s first taste of this particular rivalry, having already tasted derby defeats against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal: “A derby, a tough match, but we’ll be ready,” he explained

.“West Ham are a very good team, the core of their team is there, David Moyes is doing a fantastic job and it’s going to be a tough game for us.

“It’s the Premier League and with all our energy we’ll be there.”

It was certainly a tough one to call. Spurs, fifth despite an indifferent start to the campaign, forced on to the back foot during the early stages – Hugo Lloris called upon to divert a Pablo Fornals scissor-kick after Jarrod Bowen had fashioned an opening from the right. Meanwhile, Tomas Soucek was horribly wayward after Antonio had picked him out and Fornals fired another attempt wide as West Ham started the brighter.

Lucas Moura was unable to profit from a mix-up involving Aaron Cresswell and Angelo Ogbonna, while Heung-Min Son was denied by Lukasz Fabianski as Spurs began to build a little momentum.

Soucek arrived but nodded agonisingly wide after Fornals had centred, while Antonio’s attempt drifted over after the West Ham man had picked the pocket of Cristian Romero. However, Tottenham went close when Fabianski was forced to turn over Harry Kane’s close-range header following a raid from the left involving Sergio Reguilon.

The opening period had been hard-fought, but scrappy and far from free-flowing. There was a nervousness about both sides which continued after the restart.

The game lacked creativity and badly needed a spark, a goal – Lloris raced from his goal to hack clear as Antonio bore down, then Fornals’ attempt was deflected behind as the home side looked to raise the stakes.

And from the resulting flag-kick from Aaron Cresswell, they did exactly that. Antonio arrived ahead of his marker, Kane to turn low into the bottom corner of the net – the home crowd took the roof off – Antonio’s celebration, flamboyant.

Michail Antonio (middle) scores West Ham United’s second-half winner against Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium (Rob Newell CameraSport)

Possessing an array of attacking talent, one might have expected a response from the Lilywhites – It wasn’t forthcoming. The results saw West Ham leapfrog their rivals into fourth place ahead of the evening match at Old Trafford.

West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur now turn their attention to the Carabao Cup. The Hammers hosting holders, Manchester City at the London Stadium on Wednesday, October 27 (7:45pm). Meanwhile, at the same time Spurs head to Turf Moor to face Burnley (7:45pm).

Spurs take on Manchester United in the Premier League at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, October 30 (5:30pm). West Ham head to Aston Villa the following day – October 31 (4:30pm).

West Ham United: Fabiański, Johnson, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice (Capt), Souček, Bowen (Dawson 90′), Benrahma (Lanzini 84′), Fornals, Antonio Subs not used: Areola (GK), Ashby, Masuaku, Diop, Noble, Vlašić, Yarmolenko

Booked: Tomas Soucek (foul), Angelo Ogbonna (foul)
Goals: Michail Antonio 72′

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Emerson Royal, Dier, Romero, Reguilón (Gil 84′), Højbjerg, Skipp, Lucas Moura (Bergwijn 90+1′), Ndombele (Lo Celso 84′), Son, Kane Subs not used: Gollini (GK), Tanganga, Davies, Sánchez, Rodon, Alli

Booked: Cristian Romero (foul)
Goals: None

Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis and Neil Davies
Fourth Official: Peter Bankes
VAR: Jarred Gillett
Assistant VAR: Nick Hopton

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Brian Jeeves

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