Sending his Hammers side out without a recognised striker, many were expecting a backs-against-the wall performance, but that wasn’t the case.
Both teams had chances in a free flowing first-half but neither side was unable to break the deadlock.
The game was then turned on its head in a dazzling 13 minutes spell in the second half in which the Hammers struck three times to dent Spurs’ progress.
First, Winston Reid headed rose highest to meet a Stewart Downing corner and headed the ball goal-ward where it hit a retreating Hammers Captain Kevin Nolan and fell kindly for the New Zealander to stab the ball home.
Ricardo Vaz Te was then fortunate for the Hammers second. Latching on to an excellent through ball from Mark Noble, Vaz Te’s initial shot is blocked by Hugo Lloris but the ball falls kindly for Vaz Te to bundle back past the keeper.
The Hammers then hit a stunning third with a solo effort from youngster Ravel Morrison. In a goal reminiscent of a young Michael Owen’s stunner against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup, Morrison proved what a special talent he has.