Eriksen double earn Spurs a sixth straight win at Stoke

Eriksen double earn Spurs a sixth straight win at Stoke

Tottenham Hotspur then won 2-1 with a double from the in-form Christian Eriksen at Stoke City to join third-placed Liverpool on 67 points and take closer order in the three-way battle for the runners-up spot.

After a goalless first period, Eriksen gave Spurs the lead in the 52nd minute before Mame Biram Diouf capitalised on a mistake by Hugh Lloris to draw the home side level.

Eriksen then curled in a fiendish 63rd-minute freekick to which Kane claimed to have got the faintest finishing touch with his head only for replays to show the Dane had scored direct.

"First of all the target is to finish in the top four".

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That seemed to jolt Spurs into life, as they soon became the dominant force and should have taken the lead 10 minutes later, Son shooting straight at Jack Butland when played through on goal.

"It's the first time we've lost two games in a row this season and now we have to recover and try again, go back to the basics and win games", said a frustrated Guardiola. "I am absolutely OK, it's not the best day in my life, but let's carry on", he told the BBC.

"I've kind of already accepted that Toby is going", Jenas said on BT Sport Score.

Alli sprung the Stoke offside trap and rather than pick out Kane, who had his back to goal, slid the ball into the path of Eriksen who, with Pieters trailing in his wake, crisply struck the ball past Butland. Pochettino was unnecessarily harsh on Alderweireld - business is business but on form he'd walk into any side in the Premier League.

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says defender Toby Alderweireld would be in his team if he deserved his chance to play. The most important thing is the three points for us.

And Eriksen added: "He celebrated like it was his goal so I will have to take his word for it". It has put us in a very good position in the table. "Of course if Harry scored, and he feels he scored, it's fantastic for his confidence".

Paul Lambert insisted he would pay little attention to the previous four thrashings Tottenham inflicted on Mark Hughes' Stoke as he set his side up differently.

It remains to be seen how much Tottenham may ask for Alderweireld and whether they will be prepared to sell to domestic rivals in the shape of Manchester United. "It's a massive time for the team to achieve all that we want".

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