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West Ham ends 14-year wait for win at Tottenham

October 6, 2013

LONDON (AP) — Ravel Morrison’s skillful solo goal completed a 3-0 victory for West Ham over Tottenham in style on Sunday, ending a 14-year wait for a win at its London rival in the Premier League.

Morrison picked up possession inside his own half and swept past both Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen before dinking the ball over goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the 79th minute.

An ultra-defensive formation had seen West Ham struggle to threaten Tottenham’s goal until Winston Reid opened the scoring in the 66th.

Then Ricardo Vaz Te fortuitously added another six minutes later, with the ball coming off his knee after Lloris blocked an initial shot.

West Ham’s first win at White Hart Lane since 1999 lifted the team to 13th. Tottenham fell out of the top four to sixth.

There was a heavy police presence inside the ground as part of a crackdown on racism.

In last year’s fixture, abuse by West Ham fans put the spotlight back on the the anti-Semitism faced by supporters of Tottenham, which has a strong Jewish fan base.

Police threatened to take action against anyone who chanted “Yid,” even if it was Tottenham supporters who use the term affectionately to deflect anti-Semitic abuse. But the term, often used as a derogatory term for Jews, was sung with gusto by Tottenham fans and there was no sign of any mass arrests.

The Metropolitan Police told The Associated Press immediately after the game that it only had details of one man being arrested at halftime for causing harassment, alarm or distress in a stand for home fans.

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