Tottenham Hotspur's 1-0 defeat to West Ham United on Friday leaves them facing an impossible task to win the Premier League title, according to midfielder Eric Dier.
Manuel Lanzini's second half strike ensured West Ham the points, and indeed their Premier League status, as well as nearly certainly putting pay to Tottenham's title hopes in the process.
England global Dier was understandably downbeat after the match, particularly as the defeat had come out of the blue, as Spurs went into the contest on the back of a nine-game winning run in the top-flight.
"It was already going to be hard and now it's even harder", Dier said. "I said beforehand we needed to be 100% and that's what we got". Liverpool could only draw with Southampton so now lead City by a point having played a game more, while United are four points adrift and look likely to have to rely on winning the Europa League if they are to qualify for the Champions League. After taking seven points from three matches, Paul Clement's side will hope to carry on their good run, while Palace also remain in danger. We had a game plan, but the way we did it was magnificent.
West Ham kept Tottenham at arm's length once they went ahead and the final whistle sparked scenes of jubilation around the ground as the hosts moved up to ninth with 42 points.
The visitors could find no way back as West Ham celebrated a signature win in its troubled first season at the main stadium for the 2012 Olympics which Tottenham had tried to secure in a bitter battle that ended up in court. It was a great team display in terms of character, determination, thinking about what each individual had to do. "That wasn't a problem, the problem was that we didn't perform in the way we usually perform".
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This could also be the game where West Ham finally started to feel at home in their new stadium.
"I think you all know now it is more hard to try to catch Chelsea but we need to try to the end".
"Slaven Bilic has my full backing".
West Ham's win over Spurs marks the second consecutive season that Spurs' title hopes have been destroyed by a London rival.
"We deserved to win", said Bilic.