West Ham host Tottenham this Saturday, looking to recover from the 1-0 defeat at Brighton last time out.
The London derby means that no extra motivation is needed; the fans know how much it means and that should transmit to the players.
We’ve taken a look back at a recent example of the Hammers outplaying Spurs ahead of the match. This one took place in March 2016 and saw Slaven Bilic’s side run out 1-o winners.
West Ham were most of the way through their best season in recent memory; with Dimitri Payet inspiring an energetic side in their final season at the Boleyn Ground.
Tottenham were chasing the Premier League title alongside Leicester City and had the opportunity to go to the top of the league with a win here. They hadn’t been top of the tree in March since 1964…
Spurs froze under the weight of the pressure and West Ham took full advantage in the opening stages of the game.
Michail Antonio got his head on an outswinging corner from the right hand side and simply showed more desire than a static Spurs backline.
His header was too powerful for Hugo Lloris to keep out and the Hammers had the lead.
And they didn’t let up, continuing to blitz Spurs with their energy and attacking intent. It was a wretched first half from Pochettino’s men, but West Ham just didn’t let them play.
Spurs improved after the break, but still did not make a great deal of chances. Harry Kane fluffed their best opportunity, but it was West Ham who looked the more likely to score.
In truth, 1-0 flattered Tottenham. A repeat of that energy and drive this weekend would go down an absolute treat.