“This was a first-ever victory for David Moyes over Jose Mourinho, but, far more significantly, it was a win that moved West Ham United nine points ahead of their London rivals Tottenham Hotspur,” writes Matt Law for the Telegraph.
“West Ham are currently top dogs in London, having overtaken Chelsea in fourth place, with Tottenham and Arsenal languishing well off the pace for Champions League qualification in mid-table.
“Goals from Michail Antonio and on-loan Jesse Lingard condemned Mourinho’s Tottenham to a fifth Premier League defeat in six games, as pressure continues to build on the Portuguese who had been hired for his ability to produce winners rather than entertainers.
“Spurs have been neither far too often of late, although they performed well for the majority of this game and could justifiably feel hard done by not to claim at least a point, having twice hit the woodwork.
“But that will be little consolation to Tottenham supporters who may soon have to hope that Mourinho can somehow win the Europa League for a third time in his career to secure Champions League qualification through the back door.”
“Reports on Sunday suggested Mourinho’s job could be at risk if Spurs failed to beat West Ham, and the Portuguese’s team could hardly have made a worse start at London Stadium,” writes Matthew Howarth for BBC Sport.
“Mourinho will have been furious at the manner of the Hammers’ opener, as Eric Dier failed to clear Bowen’s in-swinging delivery before Lloris’ fumble allowed Antonio to prod home.
“The goal seemed to drain the confidence out of Spurs’ players, who looked desperately short of ideas until Harry Kane tested Fabianski’s reflexes late in the first half.
“Lingard’s strike left the visitors with a huge task but the introduction of Bale – a half-time replacement for Lamela – soon paid dividends.
“The Welshman’s corner was flicked in off the post by Moura to reduce the arrears, before the Real Madrid loanee skimmed the top of the crossbar from the edge of the area.
“Kane – left out of Thursday’s win in Budapest for fitness reasons – also went close from the edge of the box and Son almost salvaged a draw in bizarre circumstances, but it was not to be for Tottenham.
“The result leaves Spurs nine points behind the fourth-placed Hammers, although they do have a game in hand on their London rivals.”
“Somehow, West Ham are the team holding their nerve in the race to qualify for the Champions League,” writes Jacob Steinberg for the Guardian.
“They saw Chelsea and Liverpool drop points and responded with grit, togetherness and incredible desire to grab fourth place with this precious win. Although Son Heung-min almost scored a fluke equaliser in added time, West Ham earned their good fortune.
“They were clinical when chances arrived and dogged in the face of relentless pressure from Tottenham, who were far more potent once Gareth Bale decided it was time to show that his career is far from over.
“It was Bale who led the charge during the second half, seizing the initiative as Spurs tried to rescue a point after falling behind to goals from Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard.
“The winger pushed West Ham’s defenders to the limit after his introduction at half-time, creating Lucas Moura’s goal before smacking the bar.
“Gone was the unfit player who has barely looked interested since returning to Spurs on loan; this was vintage Bale, tormenting defenders with his winding runs and wand of a left foot, proving the gifts that helped the 31-year-old win four Champions League titles with Real Madrid still lurk within.”
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“West Ham record a huge London derby win over Tottenham to move into the top four and all but end their rivals’ Champions League hopes,” writes Alex Young for Evening Standard.
“Two early goals in each half, from Michail Antonio and then Jesse Lingard, saw the Hammers run out winners despite Lucas Moura’s header.
“West Ham are nine points above their London rivals and David Moyes celebrated his first win over Mourinho at the 16th time of asking after withstanding a late assault by Spurs.
“But Tottenham could not find a leveller, hitting the woodwork twice, and their demise has been stark as from a position at the top of the table in mid-December they have won just three of last 13 games, meaning their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League through the league are all-but over.
“Mourinho will surely now focus his attention on winning the Europa League while he can also bank on a Carabao Cup final against Manchester City in April.”