Elson Kakaire: It was only one week ago that Tottenham Hotspurs’ pursuit of a top four finish looked as if it was going to end as they laboured to another disappointing result at home against Everton. With no Bale and no Defoe it seemed as if there was no hope for Spurs.
Especially with Arsenal winning away at Craven Cottage meaning that by the time Spurs entertained Manchester City they could have been seven points adrift from their most fierce of rivals.
The midweek results went in Spurs’ favour however with Everton holding Arsenal to a goalless draw at the Emirates. Despite Chelsea winning in midweek, that draw at the Emirates gave Spurs some hope to keep the race for 4th alive if they could beat City.
Arsenal did their job against ten man Fulham and after 70 minutes at White Hart Lane with City holding a 1-0 advantage, it looked as if Spurs were to falter yet again. This was until Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe returned for Tottenham after both being out injured and gave Spurs the lift that they needed. Bale assisted one and scored another while Defoe scored a trademark goal to keep the Spurs marching on.