Spurs boss Pochettino: We deserved Stoke win. I think it's Harry's goal

Tanya Simon
April 8, 2018

Between them they ensured Palace remains 17th and at threat of relegation from the Premier League.

Holding the fourth Champions League place, Tottenham moved 11 points ahead of Chelsea, which plays West Ham on Sunday.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says a top-four finish in the Premier League is imperative for the club to compete with their big-spending rivals following a 2-1 victory over Stoke City on Saturday.

That would be his best haul across one campaign for Tottenham and would also take Kane four goals behind Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, who is leading the way in the race to finish as the divison's leading marksman.

But having had the ball safely in his grasp, it rebounded off Diouf, allowing him a run at the open goal, scoring an inevitable equaliser to bring the game to 1-1, just minutes after Christian Eriksen's opener in the 52nd minute.

The Spurs goalkeeper's clearance rebounded off the Stoke striker and dropped kindly for Diouf to roll the ball into the vacant net.

The Stoke defenders were not close to Kane from Eriksen's free kick, which was curled into the bottom corner.

"It was my goal", Kane said.

For the second successive weekend Stoke produced a battling performance but once again emerged with no reward.

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Son Heung-min wasted their most presentable first-half chance when through on goal - otherwise Stoke's compact defence limited their openings.

Diouf should have scored two goals before Eriksen broke the deadlock while Shaqiri was frustrated by the bar as Spurs led 2-1.

Its lead over United has been cut to 13 points with Jose Mourinho's team in pole to earn the runner-up spot as it has 71 points from 32 games, four points clear of Liverpool (67 from 33), which earlier drew 0-0 at Everton, and Spurs (67 from 32), who won 2-1 at Stoke City.

"The most important thing for me is the three points. I am absolutely OK, it's not the best day in my life, but let's carry on", he told the BBC.

Stoke desperately need a win from somewhere - not another hard luck story.

"We've played Arsenal and Spurs in the last two games and we should have probably picked up points that we deserved". "As long as belief and fight is there, we are in with a fighting chance".

Harry Kane has always been hungry for goals, as every good striker is, and he's not giving up on letting this one go by the look of it. Whose goal was it?

And Eriksen added: "He celebrated like it was his goal so I will have to take his word for it".

And Pochettino, who was taking charge of his 200th Premier League game, explained he was thrilled by the attitude of his players.

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