Neville gives West Ham advice on beating Tottenham

Gary Neville says Tottenham have have revealed a weakness against Arsenal that West Ham can exploit.

Gary Neville believes despite Tottenham's impressive performance against Arsenal at the weekend, they may have given West Ham hope of a victory in their next match.

The two teams square off in the Premier League after the international break, and Neville told SkySports after the North London derby that the way Tottenham defended in the game could play into West Ham's hands.

Spurs earned a draw, but it could have been worse, had Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud not fluffed two simple headers, directing both off target.

Kieran Gibbs' equaliser also came about from a cross into the box, and Neville says he would be recommending West Ham boss Slaven Bilic aims to put this apparent Spurs weakness to the test in their next game.

He said: "If I was Slaven Bilic, I'd be saying get the ball into good areas, touch and cross. Don't try to reverse it, or take the extra pass.

"Put the ball into the box, look at the players they've got, Carroll and Sakho and other players who are really good in the air and you think to yourself they'll cause problems, they (Tottenham) didn't really defend it well."

West Ham certainly have the personnel to challenge Tottenham's defending, particularly with Carroll, who headed a winner against Chelsea a fortnight ago.

Spurs in theory have a fortnight to work on preventing crosses coming into the box, and defending them better, but their goalkeeper and central defenders are on international duty, so there is not the maximum preparation time they may want to get their back four back on track.

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