Grant's side off of the bottom after derby victory...
West Ham, roared on by a vibrant home crowd took the ascendency in the opening moments, winning three corners in the opening 10 minutes as Avram Grant’s side looked to make an early breakthrough.
The Hammers were lively, and Spurs were unable to cope with tempo of their opponents, demonstrated by Tom Huddlestone’s cynical foul on Scott Parker after three minutes; as the Tottenham midfielder clipped the heels of the West Ham captain.
For Spurs, their main spark was unsurprisingly Rafael van der Vaart. The Dutchman continued his impressive start to his Premier League tenure, and stung the hands of Robert Green with a riffled effort from all of 20 yards.
The former Madrid man had looked to make the breakthrough moments earlier, but his free-kick was deflected out for a corner.
But it would be the home side who would take the lead just before the half-hour mark, with
French striker Frederic Piquionne bagging his second goal in as many games, and his first at Upton Park. Fittingly, the goal came from a corner, and while Vedran Corluka’s marking appeared suspect, the former Portsmouth striker lept highest to powerfully head home past Carlo Cudicini.
The goal seemed to put both sides into a higher gear, as the match became increasingly end to end.
Luka Modric, returning to the side following a shin injury, forced anther fantastic save from Green, with the shamed World Cup goalkeeper tipping the Croatian’s goal-bound half-volley magnificently onto the crossbar.
But the Hammers held onto their advantage, and deservedly led at the break.
Full report to follow...