These are four things you might have forgotten about West Ham’s win over Tottenham Hotspur

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West Ham United won a crucial 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at The London Stadium thanks to Michail Antonio.

David Moyes’ side came into the contest having failed to beat any fellow London clubs this season, but they always looked to be the most likely to win against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

After Antonio’s fine performance, the East Londoners won the bragging rights. Antonio scored a goal to cap off another excellent individual performance.

Antonio was the man who looked most likely to score in a game with very few chances. However, it was the Jamaican that finally broke the deadlock.

He wrestled Harry Kane out of the way, before converting Aaron Cresswell’s tantalising out-swinging corner into the net from close range.



Michail Antonio scored another goal for West Ham
Michail Antonio scored a second goal for West Ham

Once again, Spurs looked blunt and devoid of creativity in the final third, with Kane’s powerful header at the end of the first half which provoked an excellent save from Lukasz Fabianski, being the only real chance, they created.

Silver Screen Beats SportThis article examines four things you may not have noticed as West Ham United defeated Tottenham Hotspur.

Harry Kane in higher places

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Harry Kane looked to be playing higher up the pitch than his earlier appearances
Harry Kane seemed to be playing higher than his previous appearances on the pitch

Kane’s regular habit of dropping deeper to find the ball, has regularly been blamed for his less than impressive start to the season.

He finally broke his Premier League goal duck with a classy finish in Spurs’ 3-2 away victory to Newcastle in the previous game-week, and he did so by charging in behind the defence.

With Santo opting to deploy Spurs in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Kane’s placement at the spearhead of the North Londoners, forces him to stay as high as possible.

He was frequently pitted against Kurt Zouma at the London Stadium, and got up close and personal in an unusual way this season.



Kane was getting himself into the dangerous areas, but the service was not as forthcoming as he would have liked
Kane was taking himself into dangerous areas but the service wasn’t as readily available as he would prefer.

Kane, with Son, Lucas Moura, Tanguy Ndombele, and England captain, is now concerned about his safety.

Kane’s goalscoring record is often like London busses – when one arrives, many more follow straight after.

This was perfectly evident on Kane’s first chance of the match, when Sergio Reguilon’s looping cross was met on the head by Kane, and Lukasz Fabianski just about clawed it away to safety.

Earlier in the season, it may have been Kane putting in the cross, rather than getting on the end of it – this is a good sign for Tottenham and for England.

Santo’s finally decided on his first eleven



Nuno Espirito-Santo's bubble was burst yet again
Nuno Espirito Santo’s bubble burst again

Considering Santo’s very late appointment, not to mention a pre-season disrupted by constant speculation about Kane’s future, it was no surprise the Portuguese boss was constantly chopping and changing his first eleven.

For the third consecutive Premier League match, however, he used the same starting 11

Eric Dier, Cristian Romero and Oliver Skipp seem to complement each others as a central defense partnership, while Pierre Emile–Hojbjerg and Pierre Skipp both provide strong protection for the defenders.

Santo appears to have found the right central foundations for his side. With Kane and Son leading the Tottenham line, Santo seems to have found his feet and his strongest team.

West Ham is one of London’s most coveted dogs



David Moyes' side are now within touching distance of the top four
David Moyes’s side is within touching distance of the top 4

Tottenham Hotspur may have enjoyed the lions share of possession, but for the most part of the game, it was Moyes’ side who were in control.

Santo’s side came into the contest just one point above the Hammers, however, the East Londoners had scored more goals and conceded less than Spurs.

Antonio is third in goalscoring in the division while Declan Rice ranks as the best player in the whole division.

In recent Premier League history, there have been very few occasions when West Ham and Spurs looked so similar on paper as on the pitch.



The London Stadium was rocking once again as West Ham beat Tottenham Hotspur
London Stadium rocked again after West Ham beat Tottenham Hotspur

It is remarkable to think Moyes took over the Hammers when they were 17th in the Premier League table – last season Chelsea were the only London club to finish above them.

Moyes’s current crop of clarets and blues has been a success. If they can continue to fight on all fronts, they will be one of the big boys of London.

Romero beaten by Antonio, Antonio wins.



LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: West Ham United’s Michail Antonio celebrates scoring their first goal in the Premier League match between West Ham United & Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium, October 24, 2021 in London. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images).

You can’t prepare for all the challenges Michail Antonio will throw at you.

Christian Romero trains with the little Argentinean every international break, but even he struggled against West Ham’s Jamaican diamond.

Mohamed Salah has scored five goals and provided three assists in seven Premier League matches. Jamie Vardy is the only player who has more Premier League golden boots than Antonio.

Antonio was a dominant figure in the summer signing. He won everything, pinned him down to keep the ball up and spun off the ex-Atalanta man to score passes.

Antonio’s dribbling and running ability is the best aspect of his game.

Antonio is one of the few players who can create more variety and challenges than Antonio. The Argentinean cultured will be happy to not face Antonio again this season.

Fornals and Fornals meet



Romero and Fornals needed to be separate

Romero was probably frustrated by his fight with Antonio and received a yellow ticket in the 60 ThMinute.

Pablo Fornals was fouled by the ex-Atalanta star and he appeared to be upset.



Tottenham Hotspur’s Argentinian defender Cristian Romero (L) is challenged by Pablo Fornals, West Ham United’s Spanish-born midfielder, after a challenge. Romero was given a yellow ticket during the English Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur & West Ham United at The London Stadium in east London. It took place on October 24, 2021. – – ONLY EDITORIAL USES ALLOWED. Use of unauthorized audio/video, data, fixture list, club/league logos, or ‘live’ services is prohibited. Use of online in-match images is limited to 120 images Additional 40 images can be used for an additional time. No video emulation. Social media in-match only 120 images Extra time may allow for 40 additional images. Use not in betting publications, games or single-club/league/player publications. (Photo: Ian KINGTON / AFP / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. Use of unauthorized audio/video, data, fixture list, club/league logos, or ‘live’ services is prohibited. Use of online in-match images is limited to 120 images Additional 40 images can be used for an additional time. No video emulation. Social media in-match only 120 images Extra time may allow for 40 additional images. Use not in betting publications, games or single-club/league/player publications. / RESTRICTED FOR EDITORIAL USE. Use of unauthorized audio/video, data, fixture list, logos, club/league or ‘live’ services is prohibited. Use of online in-match images is limited to 120 images Additional 40 images can be used for an additional time. No video emulation. Social media in-match only 120 images Extra time may allow for 40 additional images. You cannot use these images in betting publications, games, or single-club/league/player publications. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images

Fornals immediately jumped up and got in the face of the £42m man, before both players were separated by their teammates.

After their separation, Kane and Dier brought Romero side-by-side and appeared to give him words of wisdom.

They almost resemblanced a father/uncle taking their child’s bad behavior to the side for a telling off.

Romero was sent off for either his foul or comment. He was required to play in the final 30 minutes of the match on the edge of a sending-off.

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