Chelsea path to title eased by Tottenham losing at West Ham

West Ham's Manuel Lanzini is chased by teammates as he celebrates scoring the only goal of their match against

Tottenham Hotspur's EPL title hopes suffer Hammer blow

After a week of reports claiming Kyle Walker could leave Tottenham following a clash with Pochettino over his recent demotion to the bench, the England right-back was restored to the starting line-up in place of Kieran Trippier.

After the game, Noble paid credit to the display, which he says had left him "speechless" after they derailed one of their rivals' hopes of winning the Premier League title.

West Ham had goalkeeper Adrian to thank for maintaining Spurs away throughout the game, creating fantastic saves from Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son in both halves, as the hosts held on for a vital gain their London competitors. "I don't know. But you have to win". "Now we must try to be ready for the next game".

"We started the second half a little bit sloppy, we conceded in the space and the way we conceded the goal in this type of football, when you are fighting for the big things, you feel disappointed, " Pochettino said.

"It wasn't our best day. Tottenham are one of the best teams in the Premier League and to win is very important for us and for us to keep going".

"It was hard to move the ball quickly, we were slow and we didn't have the movement in front like the last games". "The performance was just okay".

Chelsea need six points from their last four games to secure the English title in boss Antonio Conte's first season in charge.

It would take a collapse of epic proportions to give Tottenham fresh hope and, while he insisted his side won't give up, Pochettino acknowledged it is nearly certain Chelsea will finish on top. The title race is out of Spurs' hands for now, but football is a amusing old game, so let's wait and see what happens. Tottenham's challenge now is holding on for its highest finish in 54 years in the remaining three games.

However, Pocchetttino will not want a second-straight late-season fadeout. When you have the chance and the opportunity is there, you need to get it, and this time we were not capable of increasing the level collectively.

After a troubled campaign, this was a rare uplifting moment for West Ham.

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

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