West Ham dent Spurs title bid with derby win

Posted May 20, 2017

Twelve months ago Spurs hand the league title to Leicester after a draw at Chelsea, while the defeat at the Hammers means if Chelsea win their next two matches against Boro and West Brom they'll win the title.

But Spurs' nine-match winning streak in the league, coupled with defeats for the Blues by Crystal Palace and Manchester United, gave them hope of a first title since 1961.

Conte hadn't planned to watch Tottenham's fate, preferring to go out for dinner with his wife and daughter, but if he was checking for updates from Stratford his dessert would have tasted even sweeter. It is true that it will be hard.

Mauricio Pochettino's side were going for a 10th straight Premier League win, and headed into the game boosted by a 2-0 win against arch-rivals Arsenal last weekend.

"We knew before this game and we've known for a few weeks now that we're not allowed to slip". It was fantastic and I can see them walking into the offices or wherever they work on Monday morning with broad shoulders, their chins up high and a massive smile on their face.

After a troubled campaign, this was a rare uplifting moment for West Ham. Today was a key moment that we can show that it is not about playing well and not about running more or less.

There was no improvement in the second half and Ayew, left unmarked 18 yards out, should have made them pay as he blasted over.

West Ham, the first team to stop Tottenham scoring since Liverpool in early February, moved up to ninth with 42 points and is now mathematically safe from relegation. "Now we have to wait but thinking that it will be hard to catch Chelsea". "A great team display in terms of character and determination".

Pochettino sent on Mousa Dembele and Vincent Janssen in an attempt to rouse his side but they remained scrambled. After a promising first half last night, he said his players were disappointed to concede a goal after the break.

"If we win the league it is because you learn, and if you finish second it is because you improve but I think it is a big topic in football".

"Slaven Bilic has my full backing".