Michael Antonio managed to blow West Ham United into four drops after a well-deserved 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the Olympic Stadium in London on Sunday.
Spurs had periods of possession in the first half and late in the game, but West Ham qualified well as both sides battled Europe’s fatigue midweek.
Aaron Cresswell assisted Antonio’s 72nd-minute goal, and that was enough for West Ham to collect 15, 16 and 17 points this season.
Tottenham are two points behind Irons with 15 points.
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West Ham vs Tottenham final result, stats
Final result: West Ham United 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0
Goals scored: Antonio (72 ′)
Shots: West Ham 13-7
Shots on goal: 4-4
Possession of the ball: Tottenham – 62%
Three things we learned
1. Antonio on his legend: A bit of Michael Antonio’s Matrix celebration after his goal, which is fitting as the Irons bought up a lead after the second as The One started their debut in their respective skills. Antonio now has six goals and three assists in eight games this season. He missed one of West Ham’s only defeats this season, a 2-1 loss to Manchester United at home. Stay healthy, Moisi.
2. The attack of lame spurs does little: The Spurs had things in the spotlight with Pierre-Emile Hojberg, Tanguy Ndombele and Christian Romero, but in mind? A little. Lucas Moura had problems, Heung-Min Son was far from at his best and Harry Kane is energetic but inefficient and hungry for the ball over long distances (35 touches, one shot in 90 minutes).
3. Guardian fight: Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and possibly the world. He was a very good fan but less known who delivered the goods, Łukasz Fabiański is still a star to anyone who asks him for gloves. The 36-year-old is the Poles’ second choice and has spent most of his career replacing Arsenal or with two sides – West Ham and Swansea City – who lived away from the big four. It’s very, very good.
Man of the Match: Ben Johnson
Irons has a straight thread down the 21-year-old’s right back. Johnson can He leaves He’s won all seven of his fights, amassing five kills to hit with a key pass. Cresswell was great in every way.
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