Mauricio Pochettino Makes Remarks that Imply Concession in Title Race

"We have to play very well if we want to beat this Middlesbrough side because they want to stay in this Premier League".

Spurs were looking lethargic at the Olympic Stadium when Manuel Lanzini punished them in the 65th minute by grabbing the only goal of the London derby.

With Chelsea's soft schedule down the stretch and a four point gap at the top of the table, Tottenham likely has to win out the season to have a shot at the title. However, Pochettino believed his side deserved more from the game, as they look to miss out on the Premier. They had nine wins in a row, you have to play really well.

West Ham were in down Walker's flank again five minutes later and Victor Wanyama raced back to make an excellent clearing header as Sam Byram waited to convert.

He said: "We are still fighting".

Last season, Spurs had travelled to Upton Park needing a victory to take them above Leicester in the final weeks of the season but found a Hammers team which raised their game for the occasion - and it was an nearly a carbon copy of those proceedings a year later.

"I don't like to complain", said Pochettino. Win those two games and it's bye bye Spurs.

"But to beat a team like Spurs, you need more than that and we showed also quality, especially in the second half".

It was only Tottenham's fourth loss in 35 games this campaign, but the other setbacks came against more illustrious opposition: Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. "I don't change my vision of my team".

It is not the first time the Hammers have inflicted costly defeats on Spurs late in the season.

"With three games to play".

Bilic told Sport Klub that Matic had said in his message: "If you stop Tottenham, I'll take you out to dinner".

This season "St Totteringham's Day" - as Gunners' fans refer to the day each season when Arsenal ensure the club will finish higher on the table than Spurs - can not happen, since Arsene Wenger's men are 17 points behind with only five games to play. Maybe we didn't deserve to lose, but we did because we conceded a goal.

"Friday night., lights, sixty-thousand and against them".