Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard fired West Ham into the top four as the Hammers withstood a late Tottenham fightback to hang on for a 2-1 derby victory at the London Stadium.
West Ham were ahead inside five minutes thanks to the returning Antonio’s fifth goal against Spurs, before loanee Lingard continued his fine form with the Hammers’ second early in the second half.
It was the first time a Jose Mourinho side had conceded in the opening five minutes of both halves in a Premier League game and there was no way back for Spurs, as the frame of the West Ham goal thwarted a valiant late rally.
Lucas Moura headed in from a corner to give Spurs a lifeline before substitute Gareth Bale’s stunning volley cannoned off the bar and Heung-Min Son’s late effort deflected off the post as David Moyes secured his first victory against Mourinho in the Premier League at the 16th attempt.
The victory sees momentum continue to build behind West Ham’s European charge, with the Hammers moving into fourth, nine points ahead of rivals Spurs, who stay ninth after losing five of their last six Premier League games.
After sitting out the previous two games, it took just five minutes before Antonio marked his return to the starting line-up with the opener.
Spurs’ centre-backs failed to deal with Jarrod Bowen’s brilliant in-swinging cross, which cannoned off goalkeeper Hugo Lloris into the path of Antonio, who fired the Hammers in front with his fifth goal against Tottenham.
Spurs were shellshocked in the face of West Ham’s blistering start but managed to prevent the deficit from increasing, with last-ditch defending preventing Bowen, Jesse Lingard and Antonio from scoring a quick-fire second.
Harry Kane whistled a shot wide on 13 minutes as Spurs gave West Ham a reminder of the threat they carried in attack, before the Hammers’ early momentum was halted by the brief loss of midfielder Tomas Soucek to a nasty head injury.
The Czech was forced off for almost 10 minutes to receive stitches to a gash on the head he sustained while bravely preventing Davinson Sanchez from heading Spurs level, and West Ham didn’t register another attempt until 38 minutes when Craig Dawson’s header was tipped over by Lloris.
Erik Lamela registered Spurs’ first attempt on target two minutes before the break, and Kane added a second was a fierce low drive in stoppage-time, but goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski preserved the Hammers’ lead with two fine saves.
Mourinho introduced Bale and Matt Doherty at the break in a bid to galvanise Spurs, but they were two down within two minutes of the restart.
Lingard combined with Fornals to burst into the Tottenham area before firing in his third goal since joining West Ham in emphatic style, and although the initial celebrations were curtailed by the offside flag, a VAR review found in favour of the Hammers.
Kane flashed a free-kick wide as Spurs peppered the West Ham goal in search of a route back, and they grabbed a lifeline on 64 minutes when Moura glanced Bale’s corner in off the near post.
Kane came within inches of drawing level soon after when he flashed a shot wide of the far corner and Bale went even closer when his stunning volley cannoned back off the crossbar.
Spurs applied pressure right up to the final whistle but were denied by the woodwork again in stoppage-time as Son’s block sent the ball looping against the post as the Hammers held on to the derby spoils.
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