Tottenham Hotspur’s English Premier League title ambitions suffered a blow on Wednesday as they went down 1-0 to West ham United at Upton Park. Spurs could have gone top of the log with a win but West Ham enjoyed the majority of ball possession in the opening stages, and were able to capitalise on this when Michail Antonio found a 1-0 lead as early as the seventh minute, after he powered a header into the net following a cross from Dimitri Payet. Spurs were put on the back foot early on, struggling to find a workable groove and despite having more ball possession, they lacked structure in the final third to put the ball away, giving Adrian some relaxation.
The first 45 ended with a flourish of attacks from the Hammers while their rivals were still trying to catch up. Mauricio Potchettino’s players came out looking more focused and energetic in the second period, instantly putting themselves on the attack. As the visitors tightened up, the leaders seem to slack off slightly, and their play becoming scrappy particularly when trying to reclaim the ball and launch a counterattack.
Pochettino’s lads looked to be stuck in the final third, mainly because that is where most of the play was taking place but they were not able to put the final touch to find the net. Slaven Bilic’s boys kept their rivals at bay by staying tight in defence, closing down any space for their rivals to move through, which also limited their attacking sets. Despite the best efforts of the visitors, it was the Irons who clenched onto their 1-0 lead, giving them the three points in the English Premier League and a real hope of challenging for a top four finish.