Kane's return a boost for Tottenham's top-four bid

Jo Caldwell
April 8, 2018

Christian Eriksen maintained his hot goalscoring streak, striking both goals in Tottenham Hotspur's 2-1 win at struggling Stoke City to extend Spurs' winning sequence on Saturday.

However, Mauricio Pochettino's men grabbed all three points when Eriksen's free-kick looked like it was touched home by Harry Kane but the goal was eventually credited to the Danish playmaker.

The Baggies have one foot in the Championship, 11 points adrift with five to play, and may yet be joined by their opponents who can consider themselves lucky to leave with anything after a deeply unimpressive outing.

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Those wins have put Spurs in prime position to achieve at least a top-four place in the standings, they have claimed a spot in the FA Cup semi-finals and Pochettino has identified that he does not necessarily require a like-for-like replacement for Kane when he is unavailable. If they show me they deserve to play, they are going to play, ' Pochettino said. "For me, Stoke will be a tougher game than it was at Stamford Bridge", he said. Of course, we feel confident, we trust, we work in a very good atmosphere because we beat a very good opponent.

It is a different story for Watford, who were the better team until Vokes' equaliser, as they lost for a third time in four matches, and though still nine points above the relegation zone they should not encounter any late-season drama. "The most important thing is three points to us".

A goal in each half from Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez gave Newcastle United a precious 2-1 victory over Leicester City, a third win in a row that moves the Magpies into the top half of the league. For me it will be a tougher game than at Stamford Bridge, against Stoke.

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There is a growing belief Spurs will have to loosen the purse strings if they are to retain their best players and attract the quality of signing needed to improve the club's standing.

For a team with the kind of record Stoke have against Tottenham they displayed anything but an inferiority complex.

"It was a professional performance, not fantastic like against Chelsea, but I am so happy".

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