Tottenham's Belgian star Mousa Dembele has made a subtly aimed jibe at West Ham by brandishing them a "small club".
Dembele has played a key role in Andre Villas Boas' Spurs side that has raced to the top of the Premier League in recent weeks, before the humbling defeat to their London neighbours.
Spurs were widely outplayed on their own turf, and a 3-0 defeat to Sam Allardyce's Hammers bought Dembele's team back earth with a bump. But Dembele has risked the wrath of the Hammers fans by suggesting that West Ham are a "small club".
And at a time when connections between the clubs are fragile - due to the banning of the "Y" word - Dembele's comments won't be well received by the Upton Park faithful.
"You see from the top teams that, if they want to be champions, you have to win these small games," Dembele told reporters.
"That is what makes the difference and, if we want to be there with the top four, we need to win these games.
He added: "It's easier to play against the top teams for the motivation but, if we want to be a top team, we need to be concentrated for these kinds of games. It's a mental things, so we have to talk as a team and make sure we're all focused."
Winston Reid gave West Ham the lead against Spurs, before Ricardo Vaz Te netted a second and Ravel Morrison capped off a fine display with a wonderful solo effort.
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