Tottenham Hotspur are a better team
Tottenham Hotspur are a better team and have better players. Spurs’ main target at the start of the season was to finish in the top four, while West Ham United were aiming for a spot in the top eight.
The manner in which West Ham lost at White Hart Lane was far from ideal, but Slaven Bilic’s side lost three points - nothing more, nothing less.
Tottenham Hotspur were at home
Playing at home is a big advantage for any team, and Tottenham used that to the maximum.
White Hart Lane is not an easy place to go to and draw, let alone win, and the Hammers should not be too concerned.
True, this was a London derby, but at the same time it was an away game against a strong team.
A loss is not the end of the world.
Dimitri Payet’s absence
The absence of Dimitri Payet hurt West Ham against Tottenham, and perhaps if he had played, then the result would have been different.
The France international attacking midfielder has been the Hammers’ best player so far this season, and the defeat to Spurs underlines his importance to the team.
This is only going to make manager Slaven Bilic take a closer look at his team and start finding a way to win without Payet.
Relying on one gifted individual is risky, and the loss at White Hart Lane will make Bilic give other players more responsibility, which could see them play better.