West Ham United 1 Tottenham Hotspurs 0 24th October 2021
Hope everyone is safe and well.
Continuing my look back at some key home wins from Moyes times as manager, we now settle into our Delorean Time Machine zipping off to that fantastic win against Spurs to lift us into 4th place leapfrogging our London rivals after just 9 games of the season that welcomed fans back into stadiums after the COVID-19 disruption. After a mini break, then with games behind closed doors for project restart it wasn’t until the 21/22 season that stadiums were full again and fans could cheer on their teams and soak up the match day atmosphere.
And you couldn’t get a better atmosphere than when we beat any of our rivals from across London, especially Spurs. Antonio was in prolific form and continued with an excellent goal from a well taken Cresswell corner. Spurs had had their chances, with Fabianski denying Kane, who also hit the post and Son Heung-min snuffing his shot wide when given a rare chance.
But the Hammers had chances of their own with Pablo Fornals forcing Hugo Lloris to pull off two excellent saves, one form an acrobatic volley and then from a deflected shot. Spurs struggled to deliver when in good positions and this cost them as Antonio got the better of Kane to stab home his 6th goal in 10 games for the Hammers. Antonio, who has proved to be unplayable when in this rich form, gave centre back Cristian Romero and run for his £47m price tag with his physical play making it a miserable Sunday afternoon for the Spurs centre back.
The home fans sense blood and the atmosphere rocked especially given this was one of our best starts to the season in premier League, and certainly Moyes best start to a season as manager since 2004-05 with Everton.
Moyes has struggled to make his mark since leaving Goodison Park, the way the Hammers started the 2021 season seem to blow those difficulties away with the team playing some excellent football.
“We are growing characters at the moment,” said Moyes, who returned to the club in December 2019, 19 months after his first spell ended.
“Over the last couple of years they have all blossomed, they are all feeling important and feeling like they can make a difference.
“The club is blossoming now and that comes from the players. Those players are all improving together and it is a good thing to have.”
The photos from the match are of Antonio’s goal from Cresswell’s corner on 72nd minute.
Enjoy the photos and memories from the match.
Take care everyone