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

West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur – betting tips and predictions

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.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Death threats as Catalan referendum debate turns ugly
Legal and judicial associations said Thursday's court protest was an attack on the judiciary's independence and should be ignored. Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras acknowledged that the crackdown had disrupted the referendum plans.

Vikings' Bradford out against Bucs; Keenum to start again
When asked what he's evaluating to decide if can play Sunday, Bradford said if he can't perform in practice, he likely won't play. You can't have penalties that keep drives alive. "You've got to be able to do what the position requires you to do".

NEW Jewish NL'ers Celebrate Rosh Hashanah
It is taught that Rosh Hashanah has an influence over our whole year, as it is when God decides our fates for the coming year. When is Rosh Hashanah and what time does it start? Last year it was held on October 2 and the date changes each year.

Chelsea agree to sell Diego Costa to former club Atletico Madrid
Costa has not featured for Chelsea this season, after he was told through text message that he is not in Antonio Conte's plan. Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico in July 2014 for 32 million pounds ($41.2 million at the time) on a five-year deal.

Pressure mounts on FA over Mark Sampson sacking
A safeguarding investigation decided Sampson posed no risk and he was cleared to go on working in football in March 2015.

Download the iOS 11 now for your iPhone/iPad
With Trim It, Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure tools, you can now use desired functionality without ever needing a third-party app. There are lot more, but these are some of the likely ones you will want to try out after upgrading to iOS 11 .

Did Sean Spicer Keep Emmys Appearance Secret by Traveling in Disguise?
The overwhelming sentiment seems to be, "What the ever-loving fuck?" "People are reading too much into this", he said. On the one hand, being able to laugh at yourself is a good thing.

Toys R Us Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
So is this the end of Toys "R" Us? The idea is to negotiate with creditors to shed some of the debt, in a restructuring effort. The filing comes just as the retailer is gearing up for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for the bulk of its sales.

Apple Watch Series 3 is plagued by battery issues and LTE problems
Why is Apple Watch Series 3 connecting to unknown WiFi networks? The latest watch also has a bigger focus on fitness and health. While Samsung did have a smartwatch with a modem in it, I could never get it to work well and this model never caught on.

Hurricane Maria Intensifies, Aims for Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands
Dominican authorities had closed schools and government offices and urged people to move from unsafe areas to shelters. The storm will affect parts of the Leeward Islands and the British and US Virgin Islands for next couple of days.

CCleaner, distributed by anti-virus firm Avast, contained malicious backdoor
The bug affects anyone who downloaded CCleaner version 5.33 or updated their version between August 15 and September 12 . The company also added that the rogue server is down and other potential servers are out of the control of the attacker.

Congo-Kinshasa: Dozens of Burundians Killed in Clashes With DRC Forces
A Burundian refugee told AFP: "I saw people falling down, men, women and children who were completely unarmed". The UN envoy called for a swift investigation and urged Congo's security forces to use force as a last resort.

The Week 4 Coaches' Poll Top 25 Is Out
I flipped Oklahoma State and Ohio State in the eighth and ninth spots this week on the basis of the Cowboys' work at Pitt. LSU fell all the way from 12th to 25th after getting smoked by Mississippi State , 37-7, on Saturday evening.

Coutinho and Liverpool frustrated as Burnley punish dodgy defence
FW Mohamed Salah , 7 - Very lively in the first half and had several efforts on goal, the best of which resulted in the equaliser. Burnley have made a promising start to the season under manager Sean Dyche .

Trump retweets altered GIF of him hitting golf ball at Clinton
Bush administration and was appointed as the office's director by President Barack Obama. "Too bad!", the president tweet. Trump retweeted a slew of other images on Sunday depicting the influence of his "Make America Great Again" agenda.

Other news