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Spurs blight Arsenal`s title hopes with 2-1 win

Last Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 08:25

London: Tottenham Hotspur dealt a potentially fatal blow to north London rivals Arsenal`s Premier League title hopes with a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane.

A superb Danny Rose volley and a second from Gareth Bale edged Nicklas Bendtner`s second half effort to hand Spurs a first league win over Arsene Wenger`s side in 11 years.

The defeat leaves third-placed Arsenal six points behind leaders Chelsea with four games remaining. Spurs stay fifth on 61 points, one behind Manchester City after 33 matches.

Wenger conceded his team`s title prospects were now remote but refused to give up the fight.
"As long as it`s mathematically not impossible you can not say impossible," he told Sky Sports. "Our job is to fight and we will do that."

Spurs manager Harry Rednapp added: "It`s about 11 years since we beat Arsenal so it was a great result for us. Sunday`s (FA Cup semi-final defeat) knocked us all for six to be honest, but we showed the character we`ve got at the club."

Elsewhere, seventh-placed Aston Villa salvaged a late 2-2 draw against Everton, who are in eighth spot. Tim Cahill headed in both Everton`s goals either side of Gabriel Agbonlahor`s second-half header before Phil Jagielka`s injury-time own goal levelled it.
At the bottom of the table, relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic were held 0-0 at home by already condemned Portsmouth to leave them five points clear of the drop zone in 16th place.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 08:25
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