– West Ham United vs Tottenham saw Spurs suffer a 2-1 defeat at the London Stadium
– Antonio and Lingard were both on target for West Ham, with Moura scoring Spurs’ consolation
– Mourinho’s men remain ninth on the standings with 36 points from 24 matches
West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur ended in a 2-1 defeat for Jose Mourinho’s men at the London Stadium on Sunday, February 21.
The clash saw Jesse Lingard continue his hot streak since joining the Hammers on loan in January as he scored his side’s second goal.
Spurs were looking to build on their huge 4-1 win over Wolfsberg in the Europa League in midweek in their bid to finish in the top four at the end of the season.
However, their London rivals restored them to factory settings as they failed to secure all the three points away from home.
West Ham had a brighter start to the match, taking an early lead inside five minutes of game play through Michail Antonio, rebounding the ball to the roof from close range moments after Hugo Lloris had been forced to a brilliant save.
Lingard should have doubled the advantage in the 10th minute after he was set up by Antonio, but the Englishman poked the ball tamely across goal.
Harry Kane went close to equalising minutes later on the break but his effort swerved just wide of the near post.
Spurs’ best chance of the half came moments to the break through Kane who forced Fabianski to a good save.
The second half of the match saw the hosts make the best out of their chances, with Lingard doubling the advantage shortly after the break with a fine finish.
However, his goal had to be subjected to a VAR review after the forward was adjudged to have been offside, only for the referee to give it.
The visitors drew one back via Lucas Moura in the 64th minute, with the Brazilian taking advantage of Gareth Bale’s well swung cross.
Son Heung-Min nearly equalised at the death but his effort hit the post.
The Hammers eventually held on to claim maximum points as they moved to fourth on the standings with 45 points, just one behind third-placed Leicester.
Ibitoye Shittu is an award winning Sports Journalist with more than 10 years experience in News-writing, reporting and Public Relation. He is an HND and B.SC holder of Mass Communication and can be reached on Twitter @Ibishittu