West Ham's Slaven Bilic disappointed with Tottenham defeat but praises fighting spirit

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Harry Kane's brace and Christian Eriksen's classy goal helped 10-man Tottenham to survive a late fightback from West Ham in a Premier League clash on Saturday. When you are a player, you want to play and be in the starting XI.

West Ham United hosted Tottenham Hotspur in the lunchtime kickoff to start game week six and it turned out to be a rather frustrating afternoon for the Hammers.

Twice in the last two seasons, a 1-0 home win for West Ham has brought an end to Spurs' title challenge. Will he revert back to four at the back to combat a potentially explosive West Ham attack? Supporters know Tottenham are favourites, but with West Ham's seasonal objectives shifting to mere consolidation, games like Saturday's against their rivals are like cup finals.

Yet West Ham, to their credit, kept probing and pulled one back when Jose Fonte flicked Aaron Cresswell's corner onto the head of Hernandez, who steered it past Hugo Lloris for his third goal of the season. Tottenham, who had won nine league games in a row before that, had a powerful team and it shouldn't have happened to them.

In a reversal of fortunes from most of last season, Spurs more effortlessly show their cutting edge in enemy territory. Slaven Bilic has given Marko Arnautovic the start, as Andy Carroll drops to the bench. "But it is a great result", Kane said after the game. "We were fighting for the Premier League". But West Ham wanted it more on that Friday night.

As Bilic acknowledged, West Ham can not rely on Tottenham's problems with playing in wide-open spaces to pull off a third successive home win.

That saving tackle was Aurier having to make up for his own mistake, though Mauricio Pochettino has clearly asked the Ivorian to push forward whenever possible. I'd prefer to see him deployed at left-back with a winger to support him than this wing-back nonsense, but he looks relatively good defensively and a threat going forwards.

James Collins out with an ankle problem and playmaker Manuel Lanzini resumed training on Thursday after a knee injury, but manager, Slaven Bilic will decide whether to risk including him in the squad or not.

Spurs' home form has been rocky to say the least so far this term, with the Lilywhites yet to pick up a win under the Wembley arch, however they have had no such troubles outside of HA9 and will be looking to continue that form against a resurgent Hammers.



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