Michail Antonio scored the only goal of the game, as West Ham moved to within striking distance of the top four with a 1-0 win over Tottenham at Upton Park.

The pre-match talk was all about Tottenham's opportunity to move to the top of the Premier League table following leaders Leicester's draw at home to West Brom on Tuesday, but Mauricio Pochettino's side fluffed their lines as they were outrun and outfought by the Hammers on a rainy night in East London.

Antonio opened the scoring on seven minutes with a close-range header from Dimitri Payet's corner, and the Hammers then provided a text-book display of how to close out a game as they restricted Tottenham to half-chances and long-range efforts.

Harry Kane scuffed a couple of opportunities, while Toby Alderweireld forced a save from Hammers' goalkeeper Adrian with a long-range effort, but that was about it from the visitors, who seemed uncomfortable and unwilling to mix it with Bilic's pumped-up West Ham.
Tottenham remain in second place in the Premier League table, three points behind Leicester and with a north London derby to come against Arsenal on Saturday at White Hart Lane.

Sixth-placed West Ham lie just one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand, and fifth-placed Manchester United, and will meet Everton next on Saturday at Goodison Park.

West Ham players celebrate Michail Antonio's opening goal during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotpsur at The Boleyn Ground in Upton Park, in east London on March 2, 2016

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Is a high-pressing game the way to beat Tottenham? Slaven Bilic's gameplan was for West Ham to put pressure on the two Tottenham centre-halves and prevent Mauricio Pochettino's side building from the back. It worked a treat in the first half, with Hammers' centre-forward Emmanuel Emenike putting in a selfless performance up front, harrying Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer to distraction while Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini ensured that full-backs Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies were pegged back in their own half.
Denied time on the ball, Tottenham were unable to get their flair players Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela into the action in the final third of the pitch. Tottenham have recovered 17 points from losing positions this season, and the question was whether West Ham could keep up such a high-tempo game for the full 90 minutes. They did, with ease, as Cheikhou Kouyate and Mark Noble produced immense performances at the heart of the Hammers' midfield.

Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Dele Alli (L) and Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Ryan Mason appeal to the assistant referee during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotpsur at The Boleyn Ground

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Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham): The Senegal international was quite brilliant in limiting space to Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela, and Tottenham were in consequence limited to long-range efforts despite dominating possession in the second half at Upton Park. West Ham's home record in 2016 has been superb, and Kouyate has been a big factor in his side's upward curve.

Tottenham's Harry Kane in action with West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate

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Tottenham: Lloris 6, Trippier 6, Alderweireld 6, Wimmer 6, Davies 6, Dier, 6 Mason 6, Chadli 5, Eriksen 7, Lamela 6; Kane 6. Subs: Alli 6, Son 6, Caroll 6.
West Ham: Adrian 7, Obiang 7, Collins 7, Ogbonna 7, Cresswell 7, Noble 8, Kouyate 9, Antonio 8, Payet 8, Lanzini 7, Emenike 7. Subs: Oxford 7, Sakho 7, Carroll 7.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino looks dejected

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17' – GOAL! West Ham 1-0 Tottenham. Antonio with a bullet header past Lloris from Payet's corner, for his sixth goal in the last eight home games for West Ham.
44' – CHANCE! Lloris makes a fine save from Noble from Payet's corner, then Emenike is offside as he puts the loose ball in the net.
61' - SAVE! Adrian saves a long-range effort from Alderweireld 30 yards from goal, and Kane scuffs the follow-up effort and Kouyate can clear.
64' - SAVE! Adrian palms away an Eriksen effort from the right channel.
67' – CHANCE! Antonio gets on the end of another fine Payet delivery, but he is stretching and shoots over.
68' - CHANCE! Kane slices wide at the far post, as Eriksen shows Payet that his delivery isn't so bad either!

Tottenham's Harry Kane in action with West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate

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West Ham are unbeaten in 14 league and cup games at home (W9, D5).
The Hammers have kept five clean sheets in their last seven home games in the league.
Michail Antonio has scored in five of his last six Premier League appearances at the Boleyn Ground.
This is Tottenham's first derby defeat of the season, in their sixth Premier League match against opponents from London, and their first defeat in 13 Premier League away games


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