Michail Antonio has admitted that he was surprised by the lack of intensity Tottenham Hotspur showed at the start of the game on Sunday as he expected the away side to come out raring to go.
Spurs started the game very slowly and were ponderous in possession for the first 30 minutes.
The home side took the lead through an early goal from Antonio as the Tottenham backline once again struggled to deal with a cross into the box.
Tottenham grew into the game as the first-half wore on and created some good chances. However, they started the second 45 in the worst possible fashion as a defensive mix up saw the Hammers double their lead.
To their credit, Mourinho’s men looked extremely dangerous in the second half and were a tad unlucky not to get an equaliser after Moura pulled one back.
Antonio admitted that it was a case of holding on to what they had for David Moyes’ side for large parts of the second half.
He told West Ham’s official website: “You expect teams managed by Mourinho to come out raring to go, but they started slowly today.
“They played on Thursday and were maybe a bit tired from that. [We scored but then] they got into the game and started playing well.
“We managed to get that second goal at the start of the second half and then hold out.”
Spurs Web Opinion
While it is difficult to analyse matches objectively given the poor run of results we are currently on, I did not think we played too badly at the London Stadium on Sunday. We certainly created better chances but we failed to convert while defensive mistakes cost us once again.
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