Tottenham Hotspur missed the chance to cement third position in the Premier League after going down 1-0 to West Ham United on Saturday afternoon at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
With the UEFA Champions League semi-finals first-leg against Ajax Amsterdam on the horizon next Tuesday, Mauricio Pochettino could use the services of Son Heung-Min fully as he is suspended for that first duel, however there was no rest for the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.
Son had the first clear chance for Spurs in the 11th minute after going through on the left side of the box thanks to Alli’s defence-splitting pass but the South Korean’s low shot was saved by the Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
The hosts were finding momentum going forward and came close to breaking the deadlock in the 24th minute through Lucas Moura whose low shot missed the bottom corner by inches.
Eriksen also had a chance to give Pochettino’s charges the lead with nine minutes remaining of the first stanza after going clear on the right side of the box , but his snap-shot was thwarted by Fabianski at close range.
The Hammers’ surge going forward finally paid off in the 67th minute as Michail Antonio broke the deadlock with a superb half-volley after cushioning a cross from Marko Arnautovic before blasting his strike beyond Lloris.
Spurs went all out attack with 13 minutes remaining as forward Vincent Janssen came on for left-back Danny Rose in a tactical change, to accompany Fernando Llorente upfront who replaced Moura earlier in the half.
Lloris kept Tottenham in the game ten minutes before time after making a great save at the near post to deny Antonio his and West Ham's second of the day.
Janssen almost snatched the equaliser deep in stoppage time with a header at the back post but his effort was cleared off the line as the hosts crashed to a 1-0 defeat.