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West Ham beat Tottenham to climb to fourth in EPL

West Ham beat Tottenham to climb to fourth in EPL
Match in action between west Ham and Tottenham Hotspur during the EPL match.
LONDON, FEB 21 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 2/21/2021 1:00:28 PM IST

West Ham manager David Moyes says his side “haven’t hit top gear yet” despite climbing into the top four of the Premier League with victory over London rivals Tottenham. 

Goals early in each half from Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard gave the Hammers a two-goal cushion at London Stadium, before Lucas Moura’s header reduced the arrears.

Gareth Bale and Son Heung-min both struck the woodwork for Spurs in the second half, but West Ham held on for their seventh win in nine league games.

“I think we can play much better,” Moyes told BBC Match of the Day afterwards. “The players have been finding ways to wrestle points off the opposition. “They have done a brilliant job. You need a bit of luck along the way but we had all the right things.” Antonio - back in the Hammers’ starting line-up after a two-game absence - poked the hosts in front after Hugo Lloris had failed to deal with Jarrod Bowen’s cross.

Lingard’s third goal in four league games was initially disallowed for offside against Pablo Fornals.

But VAR ruled that the Spaniard was not interfering with play when the Manchester United loanee skipped through the visiting defence before powerfully finding the far corner to make it 2-0.

Half-time substitute Bale set up Moura to give Spurs hope, before hitting the top of the crossbar with a fierce strike 10 minutes later. Son also struck the frame of the goal in stoppage time.

The win - Moyes’ first over Jose Mourinho in 16 attempts - lifts West Ham two points clear of Chelsea in fifth, while Spurs remain in ninth.

 

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