Tottenham Close Gap On Pacesetters With London Derby Win Over West Ham

Tottenham Hotspur have moved above title rivals Chelsea and Newcastle United into third spot after a nervy 3-2 win against West Ham United at the Olympic Stadium.

The away side took a quickfire 2-0 lead in four first half minutes through Harry Kane for a 2-0 halftime lead. Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen scored a third goal for Tottenham on the hour mark to become the highest scoring Danish player ever in the English Premier League (EPL).

West Ham pulled one back through Javier Hernandez five minutes later before new signing Serge Aurier’s red card from two bookable offences gave the home side a massive lifeline. Senegalese midfielder Cheikh Kouyate pulled a goal back via a bullet header with fulltime whistle approaching but Slaven Bilic’s team couldn’t get the third goal they desperately needed to force a draw before the final whistle from centre referee Michael Oliver.

The win takes Tottenham from 5th to 3rd position with 11 points to close the gap on pacesetters Manchester City and Manchester United (13 points) while West Ham United remain in 17th position and just above the relegation zone with 4 points only from their first six games of the season.