Goals at the start of each half earned West Ham a 2-1 victory over Tottenham to send the Hammers fourth in the Premier League table on Sunday.
Michail Antonio made an immediate impact on his return to the side with a close-range finish after just five minutes – with his fifth goal against Spurs meaning Antonio has scored more Premier League goals against Tottenham than against any other side.
𝗙𝗨𝗟𝗟-𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗘 ⏱ West Ham take the points.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 21, 2021
Gareth Bale came off the bench at half time to try to turn things around for Spurs, but before he had even had a touch, Jesse Lingard darted through and fired his third goal since joining the Hammers on loan from Manchester United to double his side’s advantage less than two minutes after the break.
Party time! 🎉#WHUTOT
— West Ham United (@WestHam) February 21, 2021
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Bale did help get his side back in the contest as his corner was headed home by Lucas Moura in the 64th minute, and he almost fired a stunning equaliser late on, only to be denied by the crossbar, but the damage had already been done as Spurs slipped to a fifth defeat in their last six league games.