West Ham United beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to make it three wins from three against their London rivals this season and end any relegation fears.
Sam Allardyce's men won twice at White Hart Lane this season, in the Barclays Premier League and Capital One Cup, and were dominant for large spells on this occasion against a Spurs side reduced to 10 men during the first half. After a reasonably open start to proceedings, Younes Kaboul was sent off after 25 minutes for bringing down Stewart Downing as the winger bore down on goal.
Things got worse for Tim Sherwood when an Andy Carroll header deflected in off Harry Kane just two minutes later and, on the stroke of half-time, Downing scored his first goal for West Ham with a free-kick from the edge of the area.
The result dents sixth-placed Spurs' hopes of securing UEFA Europa League football for next season. West Ham, meanwhile, are guaranteed another campaign in the top flight, with a first win in five providing a welcome boost to manager Allardyce.
Carroll caused the visiting defence problems early on but it was Emmanuel Adebayor at the other end who could have opened the scoring. After Christian Eriksen had cleverly played him in, the Spurs forward side-footed an effort straight at Adrian.
Guy Demel almost profited from Carroll's aerial presence to strike the crossbar with a mis-hit strike on the turn. Spurs’ task became more difficult when Kaboul bundled over Downing just outside the area and was sent off.
Carroll's free-kick forced Hugo Lloris to make a smart stop and the England forward helped to open the scoring from the resulting corner, with his header clipping Kane and looping over the Spurs goalkeeper to cap off a poor few minutes for the visitors.
West Ham piled on the pressure for the remainder of the half and another foul on the edge of the box led to their second goal. Mark Noble was brought down by Michael Dawson before Downing converted the free-kick, which went through the wall.
Mohamed Diame found the target with an overhead kick shortly after the break, while Nolan was also thwarted by a busy Lloris. The introduction of Roberto Soldado and Sandro had little effect as Spurs struggled to find a way back into the game, with the former spurning two half-chances.
Adrian made a fine save to deny Danny Rose in stoppage-time, but West Ham were all but assured of victory by then and Sherwood's men could now find themselves pipped to the final UEFA Europa League place by Manchester United.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "But for [Hugo] Lloris it would have been far more than 2-0, but that's more than satisfying for us against a team who are fighting to get into [Europe].
"To beat them here and do the double over them is a great, great thing for us. We got the sending off, deservedly so, because Stewart was going one-on-one with the goalkeeper. "The good thing for us was taking advantage of that and getting that goal within two minutes and from there we really took the game to Tottenham.
"Scoring the goal before half-time was a critical time as well and we were even more relaxed and created even more chances in the second half but sadly we didn't convert any because of that goalkeeper. He must have pulled off at least fix or six top-class saves."
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood: "The passion was there, they were up for it. It's difficult when you go down to 10 men. You have to give credit to West Ham but at 0-0 it was there for the taking.
"We showed our class and were more measured in our play. The second period, even with 10 men, we took it to them. We certainly had them on the back foot."
"They [Paulinho and Emmanuel Adebayor] were told. You have to take balls on the body. They know it's a mistake. They accept that and it's given us a mountain to climb."
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