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Antonio nets West Ham winner over Spurs

Published on: 24 October 2021

Antonio has scored six goals in 10 appearances in the Premier League against Tottenham

Michail Antonio continued his prolific form as he grabbed West Ham's winner against Tottenham to lift the Hammers into the Champions League places.

The forward poked in Aaron Cresswell's dipping corner to score his sixth Premier League goal of the season 18 minutes from time.

Harry Kane earlier saw his back-post header tipped over the crossbar by Lukasz Fabianski, but Spurs failed to capitalise on several decent opportunities.

The win moves West Ham to fourth in the table on 17 points, making it boss David Moyes' best start to a season since 2004-05 with Everton.

Tottenham sit two points behind their London rivals in sixth.

Manchester United have the chance to move above both sides when they face Liverpool at Old Trafford later.

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Moyes and Hammers flying high

Former Everton boss Moyes has struggled to leave his mark on a club since leaving Goodison Park for Manchester United in 2013 but the 58-year-old's West Ham side are now playing with all the traits that made the Scot one of the top-flight's most established coaches.

The last time one of his sides started a season as well as this was when he led Everton to a fourth-place finish in 04-05, and the Hammers have similar momentum after climbing into a Champions League spot with this win over their London rivals.

Moyes must also know he has a gem in Antonio, a forward who proves almost unplayable when on form and one who gave £47m centre-back Cristian Romero a ferocious physical battle on Sunday.

It was England captain Kane, however, who the 31-year-old got the better of from a corner to stab home Creswell's delivery and score his sixth goal in 10 league games against Spurs.

Tottenham had looked arguably the more likely to score in a game of few clear-cut chances, with Son Heung-min stretching the Hammers' defence and scuffing his shot when well placed after combining well with Tanguy Ndombele.

Kane's header then forced a great save from Fabianski and after the break Spurs got into dangerous positions only for their final ball to let them down.

Boss Nuno Espirito Santo said he believed his side controlled the game, but the Hammers had chances of their own and Pablo Fornals twice forced Hugo Lloris into saves - firstly from an acrobatic volley early on and then with a deflected effort in the second half.

Nuno, like Moyes, may feel he is beginning to leave his mark on this Spurs side but there was no reward for the Portuguese manager for the decision to leave his starting XI at home in a defeat by Vitesse in the Europa Conference League on Thursday.

Spurs now look to get their Premier League campaign back on track against Manchester United next Saturday while West Ham will be eyeing a third successive league win when they visit Aston Villa on Sunday.

Player of the match

AntonioMichail Antonio

with an average of 7.78

    West HamWest Ham UnitedWest Ham UnitedTottenhamTottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur

West Ham UnitedAvgSquad number9Player nameAntonioAverage rating


Squad number41Player nameRiceAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameCresswellAverage rating


Squad number20Player nameBowenAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameZoumaAverage rating


Squad number28Player nameSoucekAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameLanziniAverage rating


Squad number21Player nameOgbonnaAverage rating


Squad number1Player nameFabianskiAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameFornalsAverage rating


Squad number22Player nameBenrahmaAverage rating


Squad number15Player nameDawsonAverage rating


Squad number31Player nameJohnsonAverage rating


Tottenham HotspurAvgSquad number7Player nameSon Heung-MinAverage rating


Squad number1Player nameLlorisAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameHøjbjergAverage rating


Squad number28Player nameNdombeleAverage rating


Squad number27Player nameLucas MouraAverage rating


Squad number29Player nameSkippAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameRomeroAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameReguilónAverage rating


Squad number12Player nameEmerson RoyalAverage rating


Squad number15Player nameDierAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameKaneAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameGilAverage rating


Squad number18Player nameLo CelsoAverage rating


Squad number23Player nameBergwijnAverage rating


    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsWest Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1


    1Fabianski31Johnson4Zouma21OgbonnaBooked at 37mins3Cresswell28SoucekBooked at 21mins41Rice20BowenSubstituted forDawsonat 90+1'minutes22BenrahmaSubstituted forLanziniat 85'minutes8Fornals9Antonio




Formation 4-2-3-1

1Lloris12Leite de Souza Junior4Romero15Dier3Reguilón5Højbjerg29Skipp27Lucas Moura28Ndombele7Son Heung-Min10Kane

    1Lloris12Leite de Souza Junior4RomeroBooked at 60mins15Dier3ReguilónSubstituted forGilat 84'minutes5Højbjerg29Skipp27Lucas MouraSubstituted forBergwijnat 90+1'minutes28NdombeleSubstituted forLo Celsoat 84'minutes7Son Heung-Min10Kane


    6D Sánchez11Gil14Rodon18Lo Celso20Alli22Gollini23Bergwijn25Tanganga33Davies

Referee:Paul TierneyMatch StatsHome TeamWest HamAway TeamTottenhamPossessionHome38%Away62%ShotsHome13Away7Shots on TargetHome4Away4CornersHome2Away4FoulsHome11Away4Live TextPost update

Match ends, West Ham United 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

90'+4'Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.


Substitution, West Ham United. Craig Dawson replaces Jarrod Bowen.


Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Steven Bergwijn replaces Lucas Moura.

90'Post update

Foul by Emerson Royal (Tottenham Hotspur).

90'Post update

Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89'Post update

Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89'Post update

Foul by Michail Antonio (West Ham United).


Substitution, West Ham United. Manuel Lanzini replaces Saïd Benrahma.


Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Giovani Lo Celso replaces Tanguy Ndombele.


Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Bryan Gil replaces Sergio Reguilón.

83'Post update

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ben Johnson.

82'Post update

Attempt saved. Saïd Benrahma (West Ham United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michail Antonio with a through ball.

75'Post update

Emerson Royal (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75'Post update

Foul by Saïd Benrahma (West Ham United).


Goal! West Ham United 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross following a corner.

71'Post update

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

71'Post update

Attempt saved. Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

66'Post update

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

66'Post update

Foul by Michail Antonio (West Ham United).

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