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2021-22 English Premier League
  • Michail Antonio (72')

Michail Antonio goal lifts West Ham into top four over Tottenham

A second half goal from Michail Antonio was the difference between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium on Sunday, as the home side won 1-0.

The result lifts West Ham above Tottenham on the Premier League table and into the top four.

Spurs failed to create opportunities of note in the second half and Nuno Espirito Santo said defeat was tough to take, although he thought Tottenham were the better team.

"We're disappointed like everyone, like our fans. It's always tough to lose a match like this," Nuno said.

Antonio -- who had trials at Tottenham when he was 14 -- had most of the chances, troubling the Spurs defence on more than one occasion. Cristian Romero had a particularly difficult match with the 31-year-old, often left second best on their one-on-ones.

It was 72 minute into the game, though, before Antonio found the breakthrough from a corner. Aaron Cresswell sent the ball into the box and Antonio flicked it into the net at the near post.

"The ball came my way and obviously being the poacher I am, I stick my foot out. I was surprised it went in because I kind of got my foot there to get in front of him," Antonio told Sky Sports after his sixth goal against Spurs.

"[Whether] it's this stadium or their stadium, I just like scoring against them... I have the No. 9 shirt and that's what I need to do."

Information from Reuters contributed to this report.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Chelsea 13 +26 30
2 Manchester City 13 +20 29
3 Liverpool 13 +28 28
4 West Ham United 13 +8 23
5 Arsenal 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 13 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
10 Leicester City 13 -3 18
11 Brentford 13 0 16
12 Crystal Palace 14 -1 16
13 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
14 Everton 13 -4 15
15 Leeds United 14 -7 15
16 Southampton 13 -7 14
17 Watford 13 -6 13
18 Norwich City 14 -20 10
19 Burnley 12 -6 9
20 Newcastle United 14 -14 7