Michail Antonio has suggested to West Ham United’s official website that Spurs’ slow start at the London Stadium on Sunday came as a surprise to him.
David Moyes’s men picked up a huge three points in the battle for the top four. Goals from Antonio and Jesse Lingard saw the Hammers go 2-0 up inside 47 minutes.
Tottenham would put the Irons under pressure. Lucas Moura got one back. And Gareth Bale smashed a volley from the edge of the box onto the crossbar.
However, West Ham saw the contest out for a fantastic win. And following the game, Antonio suggested that Spurs’ lacklustre start was not what the home side expected.
“You expect teams managed by Mourinho to come out raring to go, but they started slowly today,” he told the club’s official website. “They played on Thursday and were maybe a bit tired from that. [We scored but then] they got into the game and started playing well.
“We managed to get that second goal at the start of the second half and then hold out.”
It is interesting that Antonio was expecting a much better start from the visitors. It is actually more than a month that since Jose Mourinho’s men scored a goal in the first-half of a Premier League game.
Spurs are going through an incredibly disappointing run. They have now lost their last three away games in the top flight.
Remarkably, Tottenham are now only one point closer to second place Leicester City than they are to the bottom three.
There are still opportunities to make this season a successful one for Spurs. The Carabao Cup final awaits and they remain in the Europa League.
But given their current form, you could understand why the supporters may be feeling pessimistic about the rest of the campaign.