Michail Antonio’s seventh-minute header from Dimitri Payet’s corner was the only goal of the game but West Ham dominated the encounter, pressing the visitors in a style similar to the one that Spurs have employed to such good effect this season.
“We made some mistakes and the team didn’t feel free to play the way they play”.
“We’re in a good period and we need to keep the momentum”. We never found the solution to play in the way we normally play. “In the first half we were poor and in the second half we tried to play the way we normally do but it was hard”. “To be realistic, though, we are not yet a club who those kind of players would consider”, Bilic wrote in his column for the London Evening Standard.
Leicester’s draw against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday had paved the way for second placed Tottenham to seize the initiative as they chase a first league title since 1961.
And despite a midweek defeat at West Ham, there is a growing belief amongst Spurs fans that something truly remarkable could happen this season.
Tottenham’s best chance came on the hour when Harry Kane somehow missed his kick in front of goal after West Ham keeper Adrian saved a low 25-metre drive from Toby Alderweireld.
Jonathan Pearce: “Back in October I asked Mauricio Pocchetino why Tottenham’s declared ambition was just a top-four place”.
“The margins are very small and I think we are getting very close to bringing that consistency we have away from home to Goodison”.
Antonio’s early header at the near post beat Hugo Lloris as the Tottenham goalkeeper tried in vain to stop it going over the line.
“You don’t get exhausted when they’ve got a chance of winning the Premier League for the first time in Spurs’ history”.
“It’s not one week or a few days, but it looks like he will miss three games”.
Spurs host Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime and Kane believes Spurs are well-equipped to bounce back quickly against Arsene Wenger’s side. The pitch didn’t help us play in the way we wanted to play.