Spurs' setback reignites Premier League top-four battle

McClean up against Liverpool defender Joe Gomez in a recent Premier League game.                     Image Nigel French

McClean up against Liverpool defender Joe Gomez in a recent Premier League game. Image Nigel French

Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed thoughts that Tottenham Hotspur's defeat away at West Brom could be a wake-up call for his side.

However, the Baggies were dogged and picked up all three points from the encounter, courtesy of Jake Livermore's goal in the second minute of injury time.

West Ham United improved their prospects of avoiding relegation from the Premier League with deserved 2-0 victory at below-par Leicester City.

The Baggies needed to beat Spurs to stand a chance of staying in the Premier League and left it late at The Hawthorns.

Harry Kane nearly scored a spectacular own-goal until Lloris turned his sliced clearance over with 17 minutes left. That was thanks to a scruffy goal in stoppage time, with Jake Livermore claiming the final touch as he and defender Danny Rose stretched to reach the ball in a frantic scramble. Chelsea could close the gap to two points with two games left if they beat Liverpool on Sunday. Of course, disappointed after this result, but we can still achieve to be in the top four.

The midfielder scored a dramatic injury-time victor to beat Tottenham 1-0 on Saturday and keep their hopes alive.

Substitute Nathan Redmond's first goal in nearly a year appeared to put the fight very much back in Saints' hands as it would have left them needing a win at fellow struggler Swansea on Tuesday to guarantee safety.

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Yet though referee Jon Moss had added on only four minutes, there were just over 95 minutes on the clock when Tom Davies' strike deflected in off Wesley Hoedt.

It was a cruel end for the visitors, who finished the match with 10 men after Maya Yoshida's 85th-minute red card.

Tottenham fans took to Twitter to slate the 26-year-old, stating that he was embarrassing with a number of supporters wanting the club to sell him during the summer, although they know they will do well to get the £25.8million they spent to bring him to north London in 2013.

Yet Roy Hodgson's resurgent side, dominant after the break as Stoke were gripped by nervy caution, equalised after a sharp counter-attack through James McArthur before a Ryan Shawcross mistake let in Patrick van Aanholt for the 86th-minute victor.

West Ham inflicted on Leicester a fourth loss in five league matches with goals in each half from Joao Mario and Mark Noble.

Elsewhere, Watford ended a seven-match winless run by beating Newcastle 2-1 despite captain Troy Deeney missing a penalty.

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