This local London derby was set to be a fiercely fought contest with both teams looking for the three points but for different reasons. With West Ham looking worryingly at the relegation zone and Tottenham looking to keep themselves in contention at the top, three points for either side was massive.
The opening 20 minutes were treaded carefully after neither team creating any major threat on goal. Then the game came to live after a well struck shot from Andros Townsend 25 yards, but just swept wide. Townend was a big threat for West Ham with his pace down the right flank as he whipped in a ball to Paulinho who couldn’t keep his shot down. At the break it was Tottenham who seemed in control but couldn’t manage to break the deadlock.
As the second half begun Tottenham were still threatening and it looked much of the same from the first half until the hour mark, where West Ham started to get a foot hold in the game. As they broke the deadlock from a set piece in the 65th minute with a great corner from Noble which Winston Reid attacked, which initially was blocked by his teammate Nolan but stayed alert and drilled home the rebound to put the Hammer in the lead.
West Ham continued to press and were rewarded with a second in the 72nd minute, after Noble picked up the ball in midfield and fed in Ricardo Vaz Te whose initial shot was saved by Lloris but bounced back onto Vas Te and the ball trickled agonisingly in for Tottenham. The East London side never looked like resting on their laurels and killed the game off with a third with only 10 minutes remaining with great work from Diame in his own half, he laid it off to Ravel Morrison who went on a mazy run from the half way line. He went past two Tottenham players and finished it off with a delightful chip into the net, to claim his fourth of the season.
Tottenham without a response claimed their second defeat of the season. But With the Hammers climbing five places and out of the relegation zone, despite not having a main front man to lead the line stole all three points at White Hart Lane going into the International break.