Jessie Lingard struck a 47th minute winner, left footed, to lead the hammers to victory over Spurs. If you had said to a group of Tottenham fans that West Ham would be chasing a champions league place and would be 4th with 13 games to play above Spurs you would likely have been kicked out of the room. But that’s what is happening. Spurs to their credit have abandoned their pragmatic approach to games and have been in the front foot in most of their recent games,only to come out empty handed. 20 shots they besieged the West Ham goal especially in the second half. Bale and Son striking the post when trailing 1-2.
Mik Antonio struck a poacher’s finish after 5 minutes after Hugo Lloris spilled a catch. Lucas Moura out-jumped his marker to pull one back for Spurs, an impressive feat for such a small guy. An interesting stat. Spurs attempted 20 shots at the Hammers goal. Only 4 were on target. West Ham shot 4 shots and all 4 were in target. Lingard’s move from Manchester United has sparked a resurgence for the former England man and he has thrown his name effectively into the mix for a Euro 2020 squad berth. It will take a heck of a final half of the season to get that number 10 position with the likes of Grealish, Mount,Rashford,Sterling and Maddison all vying it.