Tottenham missed the chance to go top of the Premier League with Michail Antonio’s header giving West Ham a deserved win at Upton Park.
Tottenham went into the game knowing a victory would lift them above Leicester on goal difference but put in a below-par display at odds with what we have seen from Mauricio Pochettino’s side so far this season.
West Ham are enjoying a fine season themselves and this impressive victory lifts them to within a point of the top four, with a real chance of Champions League qualification.
The only goal of the game came after just seven minutes. Dimitri Payet’s near-post corner was met by Antonio, who sent a bullet header beyond Hugo Lloris for his fourth goal in as many games at Upton Park.
Lloris had to be alert soon after when he parried away a swerving drive from Mark Noble as West Ham began to press home their early advantage.
Payet was proving a constant threat at set pieces, with his corners causing panic in the Spurs penalty area while also having a free-kick well held by goalkeeper Lloris.
Toby Alderweireld then did well to block another stinging drive by Noble, with his centre-back partner Kevin Wimmer getting in the way of Antonio’s effort inside the area moments later.
Antonio had the ball in the back of the net again just before half-time but it was correctly ruled out for offside.
Pochettino no doubt had some harsh words for his side at the break and Tottenham did improve at the start of the second half, Ben Davies firing wide before Erik Lamela sent a diving header just off target.
West Ham keeper Adrian then did well to parry Alderweireld’s long-range shot before diverting away Harry Kane’s scrambled effort on the rebound.
Christian Eriksen saw his shot from inside the penalty area well blocked by the increasingly busy Adrian as Tottenham pushed for an equaliser.
West Ham were still a threat at the other end, the impressive Antonio lifting the ball over from yet another dangerous Payet free-kick.
Tottenham brought on Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son in attempt to get back into the game but found the West Ham backline in determined form.
There were jubilant scenes at the final whistle as Slaven Bilic’s side held on for a win that boosts their hopes of European qualification and deals a severe blow to Tottenham’s title bid.