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Three second-half goals in 13 minutes gave West Ham United a 3-0 win over Tottenham, their first at White Hart Lane since 1999.
West Ham who created the better chances throughout the contest and were rewarded for a disciplined performance with a second-half rampage that shocked the hosts. Winston Reid started the hot streak, putting the visitors in front in the 66th minute by converting a Stewart Downing corner, and Ricardo Vaz Te doubled the lead shortly after. The win was confirmed 11 minutes from time as Ravel Morrison scored a superb individual goal to cap off West Ham's first away triumph this season.
Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas made just one change, selecting Jermain Defoe in place of Roberto Soldado, while West Ham made three alterations, with Vaz Te and Downing among the inclusions.
It was the visitors who crafted the first chance of the game as Kevin Nolan headed wide from Downing's cross. Sam Allardyce's side frustrated Tottenham in the early going, with the hosts struggling to create clear-cut opportunities despite dictating the majority of the play.
It took over 30 minutes for Spurs to exploit an opening in the West Ham defence, but Paulinho could only volley wide after latching on to a delivery from Andros Townsend on the right. Townsend was at the heart of almost every Tottenham attack, and it was his ball in that could have provided the opening goal, but Defoe failed to get the telling touch with the goal at his mercy.
West Ham arguably created the best chance of the first half in the dying stages as Nolan lashed a volley across the face of goal following a clever Mark Noble free-kick, as both sides went to the break goalless.
Spurs made a rapid start to the second half, with Defoe denied twice by West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen as they searched for the breakthrough. West Ham came close to opening the scoring when James Tomkins' close-range header was clawed out by Hugo Lloris, but they did get the opening goal just after the hour thanks to Reid.
The New Zealand defender slotted West Ham's first away goal of the season from close range after his initial header from Downing's corner was blocked by team-mate Nolan. More misery was to come for Spurs, as Vaz Te doubled their advantage just six minutes later. Noble set up the goal, sliding through a neat ball into the path of Vaz Te, and the Portuguese forward bundled home at the second attempt following a fine save from Lloris.
Villas-Boas threw Soldado into the fray in an attempt to turn the game around, but West Ham silenced the home crowd with Morrison's goal. The former Manchester United midfielder surged clear from inside his own half, beating Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson before lofting a composed finish into the back of the net.
Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas: "The game started [at] 100 miles per hour for both teams, with both looking threatening. They had good spells and so did we. The second half we were not first to the ball in the 50-50 duels. They were a bit more aggressive and punished us.
"They scored in a moment when they were very, very strong . Through set plays, they got first to the second ball. It can happen in games like this. We didn't have that quick reaction to get back into the game because they scored the second soon after.
"We have conceded three goals today but before we were the team who conceded the least chances. This time West Ham managed to surprise us and we have to bounce back. This fixture was a bit dangerous. If we won everything [it] would be spectacular but if you draw or lose you drop into a position you don't want to be. Either way, we have done well so far.”
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "That is my best result as West Ham manager. To come to Spurs and see the team that they have assembled this year, having spent over £100m, and what they have achieved up to now with only conceding two goals and their results in Europe and in the league, that was a magnificent victory.
"We deserved it because Tottenham have only conceded two goals all season in 11 matches. We know the strength of our team that no matter how good the opposition players are and how much they've spent - in excess of £100 million - that our team unity out of possession will nullify talent.
"We frustrated Tottenham and frustrated their fans and scored three different types of goals. The corner got us 1-0 up with a little bit of luck, but we deserved that luck because Kevin Nolan has run into the right area, as did Vaz for the second. Then there was a bit of outstanding genius from Ravel Morrison. You'd be hard-pushed to see a better goal than that this season, let alone this month."
"It's very, very important not to be in the bottom three, for confidence and for just getting out of there and we've got out of there at the first time of asking.”
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