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More anti-Chelsea conspiracy talk from Mourinho after 5-3 derby loss at Spurs (video)

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After first saying he “didn’t want to be punished” for his comments, a very perturbed Jose Mourinho finally relented and gave a blistering reaction to referee Phil Dowd’s performance in Chelsea’s 5-3 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Friday.

Mourinho said Dowd was “too slow and like 40 yards away” from a perceived foul on Eden Hazard, and that the referee was lucky that Hazard was honest.

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It was a bit of straw-grasping from Mourinho, as he admitted that Hazard admitted there was no foul and Dowd got the call right. When pressed by the BT Sport interviewer, Mourinho let fly with more “conspiracy talk.”

Mourinho: “Every game is unpredictable but there are things in the game that are becoming predictable.”

Interviewer: “Which are?”

Mourinho: “Forget it.”

(Question about being perturbed)

“Of course I hate to lose but again I prefer to lose like I did against Newcastle with a clean performance by Atkinson and an unlucky performance by us and a lucky performance by Newcastle. We had important Christmas gifts in the last two matches, the gifts that people who are in love with football don’t like.”

The referees aren’t the reason that Chelsea lost to Spurs, and Mourinho played as if he didn’t want to talk about the officiating yet was more than willing to spill his vitriol toward the microphones. The Blues trailed Tottenham 4-1 and 5-2 today, and that doesn’t have much to do with Phil Dowd’s fitness.

The title fight is on!

West Ham 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Irons secure Premier League safety (video)

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West Ham’s win over 10-man Tottenham means that they’ve secured a third straight season in the Premier League – and, most likely, quieted fans’ protests over the tactics employed by Sam Allardyce. Spurs, meanwhile, may have just lost out on European play next season. If Manchester United win out, they can swoop in and steal sixth place.

Had Tottenham taken the lead within the first minute, this game may have gone very differently. West Ham goalkeeper Adrian provided the perfect opportunity, dawdling on a backpass and allowing Harry Kane to snatch the ball away. The young forward skewed his shot just wide, but it still looked like an omen of sorts for the hosts.

Instead, in the 24th minute, Spurs changed the course of their own destiny. Stewart Downing slipped through the Tottenham defense to burst through on goal. Younes Kaboul caught up, tackling the wide man just outside the area. Phil Dowd ruled that Kabul had denied a goal scoring opportunity, showed the defender a straight red and left Tottenham to continue with ten men.

West Ham didn’t get a penalty, but they certainly took advantage of the resulting free kick. Andy Carroll forced Hugo Lloris to beat his shot away, giving the hosts a corner. Carroll then got on the end of Mark Noble’s delivery, heading on toward goal. The ball bounced off Kane and into the back of the net, giving the unlucky Spur an own-goal.

Things got worse for Spurs just before the break. Again a rash challenge, this time Michael Dawson bringing down Noble, brought a free kick for West Ham. Downing waved away Carroll to take the kick. It wasn’t the best strike from Downing, but Emmanuel Adebayor and Paulinho were quite accommodating, parting like the Red Sea to allow the ball to sail through. The shot wound up in the bottom corner, giving Downing his first goal in a West Ham shirt.

West Ham weren’t about to back down, starting the second half by hunting out a third goal. A fantastic scissor-kick from Mohamed Diamé produced an even better low save from Lloris. The rebound fell to Matt Taylor, but he was only able to put his shot wide. Then came a chance from Kevin Nolan, with Lloris using his body to block the strike.

With the Irons’ man advantage, they looked nothing but comfortable for the majority of the match. Spurs had a late penalty shout when a West Ham arm blocked a ball from Sandro, but it went ignored by Dowd. Perhaps the visitors’ best chance came in injury time, when Danny Rose forced a fine save from Adrian – a goal that would’ve been nothing but a consolation.

LINEUPS

West Ham United: Adrian, Demel, Tomkins, Reid, McCartney; Diame, Noble; Downing, Nolan (Jarvis 88), Taylor; Carroll (C. Cole 84)

Goals: Kane o.g. 27′; Downing 44′

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Rose; Lennon, Paulinho (Sandro 65), Sigurdsson (Soldado 66), Eriksen; Adebayor, Kane (Chiriches 28)