Sport West Ham 2-1 Tottenham: Jose Mourinho claims he and coaching team are 'second to none' in wake of latest defeat
West Ham up to fourth as troubled Spurs crash again
West Ham moved into fourth in the Premier League with a 2-1 win against troubled Tottenham on Sunday that left their London rivals' top four bid in tatters. Jose Mourinho's side slumped to a fifth defeat in their last six league games as they paid the price for a sloppy defensive display at the London Stadium. Michail Antonio put West Ham in front early in the first half and Jesse Lingard doubled the hosts' advantage after the break. Lucas MouraJose Mourinho's side slumped to a fifth defeat in their last six league games as they paid the price for a sloppy defensive display at the London Stadium.
Tottenham Hotspur fell 2-1 to West Ham United on Sunday, extending their poor run in the Premier League as they continue their slide down the table.
Spurs dominated possession at the London Stadium but couldn't do much with the ball as the Hammers defended resolutely and took better advantage of their chances. The result sees West Ham into the Champions League places for the time being, while ninth-place Tottenham have now lost five of their last six league fixtures.
After the match, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho lauded his players for continuing to fight for a result.
"The result is there, they have the points and we have the sadness and the frustration," Mourinho. "The good feeling is the way the team played, especially in the second half. No doubts the team wanted to win, no doubts the team was fighting together for a different result, and I believe we deserved a different result."
Spurs can still finish in top four, says Mourinho
Jose Mourinho still believes Tottenham Hotspur can finish in the top four of the Premier League despite a poor run that has sent them tumbling down the table. "We can finish top four, top six or outside the top six. We have to make sure the best possible thing is going to happen."The reverse fixture between the London rivals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in October finished 3-3 after West Ham scored three goals in the final 10 minutes.That draw had long-lasting consequences as Mourinho adopted a more pragmatic approach in order to tighten up defensively.
Mourinho felt his team were the only one on the field actually trying to play football, criticizing the way West Ham held steadfast after building up a 2-0 lead just two minutes after the halftime break. On another day, Mourinho says his stars would have converted on the 20 shots they had over the course of the match.
"[West Ham] didn’t play in the second half, they just fought and defended," the coach said. "We played, we created chances, we scored a goal, should score more, hit the post twice, had fantastic crosses across the face of goal waiting for a touch, even sometimes an own goal.
"We had great positions from the edge of the box, shots that normally you think that Sonny [Son Heung-min], Harry [Kane] or Lucas [Moura] are going to score, so, also not lucky. But we cannot forget that the score was 1-0 and somehow after a couple of minutes in the second half it was 2-0."
With yet another loss under his belt, questions about Mourinho's job security are starting to grow louder. To those who are wondering just how patient the Tottenham board will be with him, Mourinho remained defiant.
"Sometimes the results are a consequence of multi-situations in football," he said () "And mine and my coaching staff's methods are second to nobody in the world."
Stones sends Man City 13 points clear .
Manchester City moved 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League as John Stones sealed a 2-1 win against West Ham that made it 20 successive victories in all competitions for the leaders. Pep Guardiola's side are closing in on their third Premier League in four seasons thanks to priceless contributions from their in-form centre-backs. Ruben Dias, imperious since signing from Benfica in September, put City ahead with his first goal for the club.Michail Antonio equalised for West Ham just before half-time, but the revitalised Stones bagged the winner with a fine strike after the break.