Michail Antonio scored a crucial second-half goal to secure the derby win for his team against their London rival Tottenham. David Moyes’ team moved to the top four after an impressive back-to-back win this week. Tottenham, meanwhile, suffered their second straight loss, following their defeat by Vitesse in the Europa Conference League – also on Thursday. The result saw Nuno Espirito Santo’s team drop to sixth in the table, too, as the Portuguese’s time as Spurs boss continues to disappoint fans of the north London club.
The match had a very dull start with a few exciting highlights until the 72nd minute when the Englishman produced the spark and found the back of the net. He stuck out a leg to convert an Aaron Cresswell corner at the near post. It was Antonio’s sixth goal of the season – his fifth in the Premier League – and marked Cresswell’s third assist of the week after his contributions in the home win against Genk.
West Ham have been impressive this season, and they’re showing signs that their last season performance was not just a fluke, and they’re actually up to something. “We are growing characters,” said Moyes. “If you look at where these boys were two or three years ago, they have all blossomed. The club is blossoming. That comes from the team, and it comes from inside the building. The players are all improving together.”
After the goal, Nuno’s side never looked likely to come back into the match, and they could have no legitimate complaints about a result which would leave them asking more questions of themselves and their overall direction as a team.