West Ham fans taunted Tottenham about the stabbing of one of their fans in Rome during a fiery London derby which was settled by a fine brace from Jermain Defoe.
Defoe scored either side of half-time to sink his former club and Gareth Bale also found the net to give Tottenham a confident and morale-boosting win, but the contest was marred by offensive chanting from the away end at White Hart Lane.
Back on the pitch Spurs were far the better team and hugely deserved the win, which moved the north London club above West Ham in to seventh.
The only crumb of comfort for the visitors was Andy Carroll's late header - his first goal for the club since he joined the Hammers on loan from Liverpool.
Tottenham now sit five points off the battle for fourth but will be buoyed by the quality of their performance and the fact both Arsenal and Everton could only draw earlier this weekend.
Spurs face Liverpool on Wednesday at White Hart Lane as the games continue to come thick and fast.
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