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West Ham 2-1 Tottenham: Premier League Player ratings

West Ham 2-1 Tottenham: Premier League Player ratings
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Let’s take a look at the Premier League Player Ratings from the London derby between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard were on target to send West Ham into the top-four with a 2-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.

Antonio took only five minutes to break the deadlock in London. The striker marked his return after a two-match absence by scoring on the rebound after Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris saved his initial effort.

It took Antonio’s personal tally against the Lilywhites to five goals. He has also scored an impressive 42 times from inside the box in his Premier League career. Only Tim Cahill (56), Javier Hernandez (53) and Gabriel Jesus (45) can boast better records.

The early goal proved the difference in the first-half, with West Ham arguably coming out as the stronger of the two sides.

Tottenham, meanwhile, welcomed back Sergio Reguilon and posed a decent threat early on. But the visitors took 43 minutes to get a shot on target. Manager Jose Mourinho, therefore, made a double-change during the break by bringing on Gareth Bale and Matt Doherty for Erik Lamela and Japhet Tanganga respectively.

The changes didn’t make an immediate impact, though, as Jesse Lingard doubled West Ham’s lead just two minutes into the second-half.

The Manchester United loanee burst into the box to smash the ball into a far corner. And while his effort was initially ruled out for offside, a VAR review overruled the decision to allow Lingard’s goal.

Off the back of an impressive Europa League outing, however, Bale showed flashes of his improved form again. The Welshman looked sharp in the attack, and it was his corner that allowed Lucas Moura to head a goal back for Spurs in the 64th-minute.

That goal changed the game and breathed fresh life into Spurs. They turned up the pressure and continuously hounded the West Ham defense.

But while Harry Kane almost grabbed an equalizer on two occasions, West Ham held on to grab a fifth win in six home games. The Hammers have now moved into the top-four on 45 points, while Spurs remain ninth and nine points behind.

Player ratings

West Ham: Fabianski (7); Coufal (6), Diop (6), Dawson (7), Cresswell (7); Soucek (6), Rice (8); Bowen (6), Lingard (8), Fornals (6); Antonio (8).

Bench: Benrahma (6), Johnson (5), Noble (5).

Tottenham: Lloris (6); Tanganga (5), Sanchez (7), Dier (6), Reguilon (6); Hojberg (6), Ndombele (6); Lucas (8), Lamela (6), Son (6); Kane (6).

Bench: Doherty (7), Bale (8), Alli (6).

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