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Tottenham Hotspur falls to West Ham as use of derogatory word persists

Tottenham Hotspur fell to their Premier League rivals Sunday in London. And a Tottenham Hotspur fan found himself under arrest for using what some consider a racist word in the stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker, right, dribbles past West Ham United's captain Kevin Nolan, left, during an English Premier League soccer match at the White Hart Lane ground in London, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013.

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Ravel Morrison's skillful solo goal completed a 3-0 victory for West Ham over Tottenham in style on Sunday, ending a 14-year wait for a win at its London rival in the Premier League.

Morrison picked up possession inside his own half and swept past both Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen before dinking the ball over goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the 79th minute.

"That is a genius goal for me," West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said. "You'll struggle to see a better goal than that this season."

The 20-year-old midfielder was offloaded by Manchester United in 2012 after then-manager Alex Ferguson lost patience with his off-field issues.

Allardyce said Ferguson told him that "I hope you can sort him out but if you can he will be a genius," and that "he needs to get away from Manchester and start a new life."

In London, Morrison is thriving.

"The penny's dropped for him ... (with) his lifestyle and his attitude towards everybody and his timekeeping," Allardyce said.

Allardyce's ultra-defensive formation had seen West Ham struggle to threaten Tottenham's goal until Winston Reid stunned the home fans by scoring in the 66th minute.

Then Ricardo Vaz Te fortuitously added another six minutes later, with the ball coming off his knee after Lloris blocked an initial shot.

West Ham's first win at White Hart Lane since 1999 lifted the team to 13th, while Tottenham fell out of the top four to sixth.

"It's a wake-up call that we have to react to," Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said. "We have to bounce back and I trust the team to do that."


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