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Spurs praised for fighting spirit in sinking Leicester

Sports | Feb 12, 2019
Mauricio Pochettino saluted Tottenham's fighting spirit as they kept alive their bid to gate-crash the Premier League title race with a 3-1 win over Leicester.

Pochettino's side took the lead through Davinson Sanchez's first goal for the club, but they were indebted to Hugo Lloris for saving Jamie Vardy's spot-kick after the break at Wembley on Sunday.

Christian Eriksen netted moments later, and though Vardy got one back a late strike by Son Heung Min ensured third-placed Spurs clinched a fifth win in their last six league games.

The north Londoners are five points off the top of the table as they try to catch Liverpool and Manchester City.

While Tottenham are still outsiders to win a first title since 1961, their ability to stay in contention despite injuries to key players Harry Kane and Dele Alli suggests they should not be written off.

This gritty success was also ideal preparation for hosting Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last 16 first leg tomorrow.

"The effort was fantastic," Pochettino said. "I'm so proud."

Leicester have lost four of their last five league games, increasing the pressure on under-fire boss Claude Puel.

Puel has reportedly lost the support of several influential players, including England striker Vardy.

Vardy was on the bench for the first 60 minutes before going on to miss a penalty with his first touch.

Insisting he was happy for Vardy to take the penalty, Puel said: "I said if he felt good he could take it."

Then Tottenham were furious when a Son penalty appeal ended in a booking for diving.


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