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Manuel Pellegrini hails West Ham’s historic win at Spurs

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West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini praised his side’s “complete performance” following their historic 1-0 victory at Tottenham.

The Hammers arrived in north London on Saturday afternoon on a four-match winless run and in desperate need of points to keep their top-10 Premier League hopes alive.

With just one point earned from their last eight trips, however, all signs indicated this would likely be another bad day for West Ham.

Instead, Michail Antonio’s stunning second-half goal was enough for the London club to inflict a first defeat for Spurs at their Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Antonio and defender Issa Diop came close to doubling West Ham’s lead late on, only for Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris to deny them.

Otherwise, it was a welcome return to winning ways for Pellegrini with three points and a first clean sheet in seven matches.

“The second part of the season we have been conceding too many goals in the games we have played away,” said Pellegrini, according to Football London.

“It was a very good performance today as a team. Maybe we have to be a little calmer when it was 1-0 to decide the game because we had three or four counter-attacks at big pace, we must score.

“But I understand the pressure, this rivalry in London, the fans are just happy to win. It is not easy, they are a good team but yes for me it was a complete performance.

“If you review our games against the big six, Arsenal we played well in both, Manchester United also. Against Chelsea most part of the second half of the second game, at home we played well.

“Against Tottenham, we lost 1-0 at home but also a very tight game, today we won. We demonstrate that we are able to play as a big team and they must demonstrate that they are better.”

West Ham, who remain 11th in the Premier League, will next take on Southampton the following weekend at home.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 27: Michail Antonio of West Ham United celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)