This was a first-ever victory for David Moyes over Jose Mourinho, but, far more significantly, it was a win that moved West Ham United nine points ahead of their London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. West Ham is currently top dogs in London, having overtaken Chelsea in fourth place, with Tottenham and Arsenal languishing well off the pace for Champions League qualification in mid-table.
Goals from Michail Antonio and on-loan Jesse Lingard condemned Mourinho’s Tottenham to a fifth Premier League defeat in six games, as pressure continues to build on the Portuguese who had been hired for his ability to produce winners rather than entertainers. Spurs have been neither far too often of late, although they performed well for the majority of this game and could justifiably feel hard done by not to claim at least a point, having twice hit the woodwork.
But that will be little consolation to Tottenham supporters who may soon have to hope that Mourinho can somehow win the Europa League for a third time in his career to secure Champions League qualification through the back door.
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