Spurs 2 West Ham 0: Defoe and Modric propel Tottenham into the top four

28 December 2009 10:26
Tottenham will go into the new year confident they will be the team to break into the top four, while West Ham will be hoping 2010 keeps them out of the bottom three. On this showing, at least one of them can be confident of achieving their ambition.

Harry Redknapp's side made it seven wins in their last eight matches against the Hammers as West Ham's recent progress came to an abrupt halt at White Hart Lane.

'We lost, in my opinion, to one of the best teams in the country,' said visiting manager Gianfranco Zola.

Open goal: Luka Modric opens the scoring with his first strike since August

The price of a battling point against Chelsea and vital win overPortsmouth were hamstring injuries for Scott Parker and Herita Ilunga,who both left the field within 20 minutes yesterday.

There is no truth in the reports that Ilunga suffered friction burnsfrom Aaron Lennon bursting past him. He didn't get close enough forthat to happen in the short time he faced the flying winger.

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