West Ham United 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Andy Carroll inspired West Ham United to a third win of the season over Tottenham Hotspur and ensure Premier League football at Upton Park next season.
The former Liverpool and Newcastle forward was a constant menace to a Spurs side that was only saved from a heftier defeat by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Carroll's 25th-minute header bounced off Harry Kane to give West Ham the lead before a weak Tottenham wall allowed Stewart Downing to add a second just before half-time.
The White Hart Lane club were not helped by the dismissal of Younes Kaboul in the challenge on Downing which kick-started the move for Carroll's opener, but it was a poor Spurs display at Upton Park.
Carroll, though, must be considered a dark horse for inclusion in England's World Cup squad on his current form with the Hammers.
There was an early scare for West Ham when goalkeeper Adrian dithered on the ball from a back-pass and struck his clearance against Kane. Fortunately for the home side, the rebound bounced wide of goal.
A fabulous counter-attacking move by Spurs, including Gylfi Sigurdsson and Christian Eriksen, eventually fell to Emmanuel Adebayor in the fifth minute, but the striker's effort was straightforward for Adrian.
But Carroll was also making a nuisance of himself inside the Tottenham area in the opening stages, in a warning to the visitors.
In the 15th minute, Downing blazed just over the crossbar from Carroll's flick on after Paulinho had headed straight at Adrian at the other end of the field.
Spurs were dealt a major blow in the 24th minute with the dismissal of Kaboul. Downing chased towards goal and was brought down at the edge of the area by the defender, leaving the referee with no choice but to issue the red card.
Worse almost followed, but Lloris produced a fantastic save to deny Carroll's subsequent free-kick.
From the corner that followed, though, the Hammers took the lead. Mark Noble sent over the corner and Carroll headed goalwards from the far post. The ball took a deflection off Kane and looped into the net.
Last touch is of Harry Kane but very harsh if given as an own goal.— The Football Café (@thefootballcafe) May 3, 2014
Matt Taylor forced a brilliant save from Lloris in the 36th minute when he connected with a Carroll flick at the edge of the box. But the France international dropped low to his left to push the ball away.
West Ham added a second in the 44th minute. Michael Dawson brought down Noble just outside the area, earning the Spurs defender a caution, but worse was to come. Downing stepped up to the free-kick and drove through the wall and beyond Lloris.
Downing's free kick is terrible, but out-terribled by the 'wall' of brave souls http://t.co/zf5KMdvtBB— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) May 3, 2014
Lloris right to look dismayed after that free-kick. His positioning showed great faith in his wall. Faith that was evidently unwarranted— Samuel Rooke (@SamRooke89) May 3, 2014
Carroll was almost on target in injury time with his first-time volley, but the effort went just wide.
Five minutes after the break, Lloris produced another brilliant stop to deny Mohamed Diame's bicycle kick before clearing the free ball from Kevin Nolan.
The Frenchman was again on hand in the 56th minute as he blocked Nolan's close-range effort after Carroll had headed James Tomkins' long ball on.
Carroll almost got himself on the scoresheet for the first time at Upton Park in the league for a year, but Lloris was on hand to deny the striker eight minutes from time.
Moments later, Carroll left the field to a standing ovation from the home fans and was replaced by Carlton Cole.
Standing ovation as Andy Carroll comes off for Carlton cole. Well deserved. The big lad has been utterly dominant— Samuel Rooke (@SamRooke89) May 3, 2014
Tottenham were left with too much to do after their woeful first-half display as West Ham simply controlled the game, despite Adrian making a fantastic save to deny Danny Rose in injury-time.
Spurs will be looking for much better when they entertain Aston Villa in their final game of the season next weekend.
But the performance of Carroll and West Ham will be a warning to title-chasing Manchester City, who play host to Sam Allardyce's team next Sunday.
Selected player ratings
Andy Carroll A+:
An excellent display by the West Ham striker who was a constant menace to the Spurs defence. Must be a dark horse for inclusion in England's World Cup squad. A terrific performance in which he was the fulcrum for the Hammers attack.
Hugo Lloris A:
The Tottenham goalkeeper kept his team from an embarrassing scoreline in the first period with a number of great saves, notably diving full length to his left to deny Carroll's volley. Might have done better with the opening goal but further great saves in second half spared Spurs' blushes.
Christian Eriksen B:
The only Spurs player to show any threat in the first period but failed to make any genuine impact on the game at Upton Park. Needed a better showing from his team-mates.
West Ham complete their Premier League programme next Sunday when they travel to title-chasing Manchester City.
Tottenham play host to Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on the same day.
Tim: "The game is full of ifs and buts. Unfortunately we had a red card, no complaints, but what was difficult was the goal straight after."— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 3, 2014
Tim: "Hugo was top class. He keeps his consistency, his level of professionalism and his performance was of the highest level."— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 3, 2014
West Ham stay up, Everton definitely into Europe, Spurs can now be overtaken by Manchester United for Europa League place.— John Brewin (@JohnBrewinESPN) May 3, 2014