“It is a big compliment for West Ham.”John Stones was also hugely complimentary of West Ham, showing how far they have come.He said: “A lot of credit to West Ham – we knew what they were going to come and do,” Stones said after getting the winner .“How they’ve been playing recently and their position in the table, it speaks for itself.

“I give a lot of credit to them. They gave us a great game today and we had to fight them right up until the last few minutes, and they made it difficult.”