Last Updated: 01/03/13 6:39pm
A Gareth Bale double helps Tottenham leapfrog Chelsea into third place thanks to a sensational 3-2 victory at West Ham tonight. He gave them the lead after 13 minutes before Andy Carroll levelled from the spot. Joe Cole put the Hammers ahead on the night the club commemorated the 20th anniversary of Bobby Moore's death. But the visitors were not to be denied as Gylfi Sigurdsson restored parity before Bale's sensatioanl winner in stoppage time.
Wow, wow, wow!!! How do you stop Gareth Bale. He collects the ball about 35 yards from goal before unleashing a simply audacious left-foot dipping curler which finds the top corner. Nothing Jussi Jaaskelainen could have done about that.
Andy Carroll fails to find Joe Cole in the middle. West Ham are going for it and now Carroll goes for the spectaular volley, but it's over.
This game is heading to the wire Lewis. Tottenham are preparing their final change with the clock ticking.
ANOTHER SAVE! Jussi Jaaskelainen is at it again as Jan Vertonghen's cross is headed towards goal by the towering Emmanuel Adebayor but the Finn dives across to make the save.
Gareth Bale's inswinging free-kick causes havoc in the West Ham box with Joey O'Brien's header bouncing off his own player before Emmanuel Adebayor totally miskicks which allows substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson to sweep the ball home at the back post for his first Premier League goal. We're in for a great finish!
GREAT SAVE! Jussi Jaaskelainen tips Gareth Bale's left-foot curler from the edge of the area over the crossbar.
SAVED AGAIN!! Steven Caulker and Jussi Jaaskelainen are having a personal battle here. The defender is denied once again from a corner by the flying Finn.
West Ham have won 49 London derbies in the Premier League era. They're on course for a 50th tonight if they can hold on. However, Spurs are pressing as Gylfi Sigurdsson's deflected effort drifts out for a corner.
@DavidLChester Tweets: "Been really impressed with west ham tonight, need them to do the blues a favour!" That'll be Chelsea then!
Gylfi Sigurdsson and Scott Parker combine before Andy Carroll comes all the way back to make a sliding tackle to win the ball.
Oh dear! Gareth Bale fires way over the crossbar and into the visiting supporters. That gets a huge cheer.
What an amazing kast couple of minutes we've had here at Upton Park. Joe Cole was booked after taking his shirt off during his celebrations.
The local boy does good for West Ham. Joey O'Brien's ball is brilliantly controlled by Joe Cole as Jan Vertonghen is caught too deep and he turns and slides his left-foot shot into the far corner past Hugo Lloris.
OFF THE POST!!! Gylfi Sigurdsson's shot is turned onto the post by Jussi Jaaskelainen before the shot-stopper makes an even better stop from Emmanuel Adebayor's clsoe-range header.
Matt Taylor's ball is headed away but they keep the pressure on as Joe Cole lifts it back in the box but it eventually comes to nothing.
Sam Allardyce is taking charge of his 350th Premier League match and he'll be happy with the start his side have made in this second period. They win another corner as Steven Caulker comes across.
@Conorrookard Tweets: "Feeling a bale hat-trick, boost my dream team points. Bale just a one man team this season, top class!"
The Hammers pressure is growing though and Joey O'Brien's throw finds Matt Jarvis, but his touch lets him down.
Now, Matt Taylor's corner falls into the path of Mohamed Diame, but the ball fails to bounce for him and Spurs clear.
King Jones emails in to say: "Still believe this game will end 3-1 for the Hammers, also ounds like Bale has been silenced, don't seem to hear much of him from the commentry, hope it stays that way. Second half Carroll to score a header and Cole to get the third and wrap things up."
GOOD SAVE! Jussi Jaaskelainen is forced into action to keep out Steven Caulker's header from Gareth Bale's corner for the second time in this match.
Spurs get the second half underway at Upton Park. However, Mohamed Diame looks to gain ground down the right until he is crowded out.
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Gareth Bale broke the deadlock after 13 minutes at Upton Park. He eased past James Collins and Guy Demel before slotting his left-foot shot in the far corner. The Welsh Wizard has now scored five goals in his last four Premier League matches, taking his overall tally for the season to 18 (14 in Premier League). However, the Hammers struck back after referee Howard Webb awarded them a penalty for Scott Parker's foul on Andy Carroll. The striker dusted himself down to slot away the resuting spot kick after 25 minutes.
Spurs win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal but Gareth Bale's dipper is high and wide of the target.
Miles from Stanmore emails in to say: "Stonking Spurs to finally smash a premiership side tonight 5-1 to the mighty Lilly Whites."
GOOD SAVE! Steven Caulker's powerful header from the corner is parried away by the diving Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Lewis Holtby runs off Joey O'Brien before seeing his left-foot shot deflected off James Collins and out for a corner.
Michael Dawson sweeps the ball out for a West Ham corner. However, Spurs counter after a poor delivery.
GREAT BLOCK! Joe Cole finds the run of Matt Jarvis and his goalbound effort is superbly blocked by the flying Kyle Walker.
Gary O'Neil's delivery is well held by Hugo Lloris. Meanwhile, Gareth Bale's touch lets him down at the other end of the field.
Mohamed Diame clashes with Moussa Dembele in the middle of the park and he wins West Ham the free-kick.
Here comes the West Ham change then and Kevin Nolan's evening comes to an end. Matt Taylor comes on and Winston Reid is handed the captain's armband.
Scott Parker finds Aaron Lennon and his ball in is sent towards goal thanks to an acrobatic overhead kick attempt by Gareth Bale but he doesn't get enough purchase on it and that allows Jussi Jaaskelainen to claim it.
Matt Jarvis gets across the front of Kyle Walker before delivering a cross which is eventually deflected away for a Spurs throw.
The Hammers have lost three of their last five home league encounters with the Lilywhites, winning just one. They haven't won any of there last three matches while Spurs haven't lost any of their last three.
The Hammers will be delighted to have restored parity here at Upton Park. Replays show Scott Parker did catch Carroll on the way through, so Howard Webb was right to point to the spot after having a think about it.
Andy Carroll sends Hugo Lloris the wrong way to score his third goal of the season and his second against opponents Spurs.
Referee Howard Webb points to the spot after Scott Parker brings down Andy Carroll on the follow through.
West Ham defenders back off Gareth Bale as he surges down on them, but he fails to trouble Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Tottenham win back-to-back corners at the other end. They play the second one short, but Kyle Walker crashes his effort over the crossbar.
Bale was 5/1 to score first tonight. I do hope some of you got on that before kick-off! Mohamed Diame surging run is stopped by Moussa Dembele. That is going to be some battle tonight.
@lewishughes09 Tweets: "I think Spurs gonna win 3-1 with Bale scoring 2 and Adebayor scoring 1 and Noble scoring for West Ham COYS!!!"
The Hammers have suffered a wobble after conceding that goal but Matt Jarvis has won his side a corner here.
Kevin Nolan is struggling after taking a knock to this foot in a challenge with Scott Parker. Bale has now scored 11 goals in his last 13 Premier League appearances. The man is simply on fire at the moment.
Guess who? Yep, Gareth Bale bags his 14th goal of the season. He also scores for the fourth Premier League game in a row! He drifts past James Collins and Guy Demel before slotting his left-foot shot in the far corner. Easy as you like.
The Hammers have won just once in their last six games, although their home form is what's been their strength.
GOOD MOVE! Andy Carroll finds Joe Cole and he moves it on for Matt Jarvis. The winger cuts inside before seeing his low drive well held by Hugo Lloris.
Mohamed Diame gets his low drive away from the edge of the area, but there is not enough pace on it, which allows Hugo Lloris to claim the ball.
@The_Brooke505 Tweets: "Hopefully the cockney boys can pull it out the bag today, classic match, hoping for a classic result."
Both teams are in their traditional kits and the pitch is in superb condition. They do like to play the ball along the ground here. Always a West Ham tradition. Applause in the sixth minute for Bobby Moore.
Gareth Bale picks up the ball and decides to run with it, atking it past James Collins before slicing his shot wide of the near post.
Mohamed Diame tries to get his shot away, but it's blocked. Matt Jarvis then gets away from Kyle Walker before delivering a wonderful left-foot cross, but Tottenham defend well.
Kyle Walker breaks away from Joey O'Brien before the ball spins away from him and that allows Jussi Jaaskelainen to come and claim it.
Bubbles come across the pitch and West Ham are in possession of the ball. Kyle Walker clears his lines.
There a minute's applause for Bobby Moore while the fans sing his name 1941-1993. A wonderful touch in the presence of his family. His number six shirt was retired six years ago. A mosaic goes up with 'Moore 6' as we get underway then.
Both teams come out to "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" with Bobby Moore's grandchildren leading them out.
@JCRobertson4 "West Ham can do it tonight, although it's gonna be tough, I think we need to play with belief and we can win. 2-1 to the Hammers!"
West Ham are 9/4 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Tottenham 23/20 and the draw 12/5. Andy Carroll to score first and West Ham to win 2-1 is 60/1 while Kevin Nolan to score first and game to be drawn 1-1 is 55/1. For the visitors, Gareth Bale to score first will be a firm favourite at 5/1 while Lewis Holtby to score first and Tottenham to win 2-0 is 60/1. Tottenham have only lost two of their last 20 games while West Ham have only won two of their last 13 games so I'm hedging my bets and going for an away win tonight - 0-2, which is priced at 9/1. Well worth a flutter in my book! Head now to SKYBET to place your bets on this match.
HAMMERS TEAM NEWS: James Collins makes his first West Ham start since January 12, but there was no place in the Hammers team for midfielder Mark Noble. Meanwhile, Guy Demel, Matt Jarvis and Gary O'Neil come into the starting XI. Matthew Taylor has to settle for a place on the bench while James Tomkins is not in the matchday squad along with Noble.
SPURS TEAM NEWS: Scott Parker starts for Tottenham on his first appearance at Upton Park since leaving West Ham. Jan Vertonghen lines up at left-back, while Michael Dawson, Steven Caulker and Hugo Lloris all come in after being left out of Spurs' draw at Lyon. Emmanuel Adebayor makes his first start in six weeks. Brad Friedel, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and William Gallas all drop down to the bench.
WEST HAM: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien, O'Neil, Diame, Nolan, Jarvis, Andy Carroll, Joe Cole.
TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Parker, Dembele, Lennon, Bale, Holtby, Adebayor.
There are flags and scarves outside Upton Park to commemorate the passing of Bobby Moore from bowel cancer 20 years ago. His widow Stephanie Moore MBE founded the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.
@FODFLYER Tweets: "Holtby to get his name on scorers sheet tonight along with ADE and Lennon 1-3 Spurs!!"
@joshuaakhan says: "As a Gunners fan, this is one of those rare occasions I want West Ham to win, hoping for a thrashing!"
@AaronMortimore says: "Only one thing to say I hope the West Ham players play for Booby and the fans chant for Bobby."
@chimeziembaike is first to Tweet in tonight and he says: "It's going too be a tough match, but I see west ham coming out with a win: West Ham 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1."
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West Ham were soundly beaten at White Hart Lane in November after Hammers old boy Jermain Defoe scored twice in a 3-1 win. But Allardyce will want his Hammers side to avoid a repeat. "We know we've got a game on our hands on but we're a different team at home and we enjoy playing against the big boys." They certainly do having beaten Chelsea and held Manchester City on home soil.
While Spurs have been on Europa League business in the past two weeks, their opponents jetted out to a warm-weather training camp in Dubai. Sam Allardyce's side head into this clash only six points above the drop zone, and are hoping to reverse their recent poor form tonight, with matches against Chelsea, Stoke and Manchester City coming up next.
Tottenham will look to leapfrog Chelsea into third place with a victory at West Ham this evening but the hosts will want to record victory in memory of England's World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore on the 20th anniversary of his passing.
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