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West Ham ensured their Premier League safety as they ended a run of four successive defeats with a comfortable win over Tottenham which means that the Hammers have beaten Spurs three times this season.

Spurs had Younes Kaboul sent off for a foul on Stewart Downing before the hosts took the lead when Andy Carroll‘s header went in off Harry Kane.

Stewart Downing extended the Hammers’ lead: Midfielder Mark Noble – after a strong season again awarded the accolade of “Hammer of the Year” - had been fouled on the edge of the area, Downing took the free-kick and his low 20 yard shot went through the Spurs wall and into the bottom corner. It was Downing’s first goal for the Hammers.

And only Spurs-keeper Hugo Lloris prevented Spurs from suffering a heavier defeat.

The France international kept out a Mohamed Diame overhead kick before thwarting Kevin Nolan at close range after the midfielder latched onto Carroll’s flick-on.

The West Ham fans had voiced their displeasure at Allardyce’s style of play and their team’s results in recent weeks, but Upton Park was joyful this day following a third win over Spurs this season.

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