Tottenham vs Leicester City, Premier League

Ruben Hill
February 10, 2019

"No. It's tough the Premier League".

Paul Merson is backing Tottenham Hotspur to keep up the pressure on the Premier League's top two with a 2-1 victory over Leicester City at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.

Knockout competition defeats to Chelsea and Crystal Palace without Dele Alli and Harry Kane as well as Heung-min Son looked like they could derail Spurs' entire season, but they have recovered with back-to-back wins in the league - both thanks to late goals - against Watford and Newcastle.

Harvey Barnes shrugged off some shirt-tugging by Kieran Trippier to go through on goal but the youngster put his shot wide of the post.

Spurs cut their visitors open and Son fed Danny Rose, who got himself into a fine position but his right-footed shot was palmed away by the Leicester keeper.

But they were behind on 33 minutes when Sanchez headed Eriksen's cross past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel from just inside the six yard box.

Lloris nearly fumbled a Tielemans cross into his own net just before the half-time whistle, and it was a further let off for the home side who would have acknowledged at half time that they were fortunate to be ahead.

The Foxes were then handed the flawless opportunity to get back on level terms with a penalty being awarded after Vertonghen clattered into Maddision inside the area. In a freakish turn of events, Vardy came off the bench for Gray and walked straight up to the spot to take the penalty, only for Lloris to dive to his right and push it away to safety.

Vardy and Leicester's misery was compounded three minutes later as Spurs doubled their lead.

Oliver Skipp charged down Ricardo Pereira's clearance, Fernando Llorente fed Eriksen, who added to his earlier assist by sending a low shot into the bottom corner.

Going two goals behind could have resulted in Leicester wilting during the final quarter, but Claude Puel's team found a second wind and the Frenchman was left with his head in the hands when Barnes failed to beat Lloris from no more than 10 yards out having been played in by Vardy.

But Spurs made sure of the points in the 90th minute as Son scored a breakaway goal, racing clear from the halfway line and coolly converting his 15th of the campaign.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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