Spurs fail to make most of Man City slip-up

London: Tottenham Hotspur failed to take
advantage of a slip-up by Champions League rivals Manchester
City as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Premier League
strugglers Blackpool.

Jermain Defoe equalised for Spurs a minute from time at
White Hart Lane after Blackpool`s Charlie Adam had missed and
then scored from the penalty spot in the space of 70 seconds

Tottenham are now six points behind City, who occupy the
fourth and final Champions League place.

But victory would have seen them move closer ahead of
their midweek trip to Eastlands following City`s 2-1 defeat at

Heurelho Gomes produced a fine save to deny Adam after
Spurs defender Michael Dawson was penalised for handball in
the box.

But the erratic Brazilian goalkeeper went from hero to
zero when he fumbled a corner and was ruled by referee Lee
Probert to have brought down Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

This time Adam, who could have been red-carded minutes
earlier for a challenge on Gareth Bale that saw the Spurs star
carried off on a stretcher, blasted the ball to Gomes`s right
to give the Tangerines the lead with 14 minutes left.

"He has done his ankle, it looks quite bad," said Harry
Redknapp, the Tottenham manager.

Spurs played in this season`s Champions League but
Redknapp didn`t hold out much hope of a repeat after this

"It`s going to be very difficult," he said. "We haven`t
been able to win games in the last month or so."

The draw saw Blackpool stay above the relegation zone on
goal difference with two games of the season left.

"There`s only one word for me: pride," Blackpool manager
Ian Holloway told ESPN. "We believe in ourselves again. We`ve
had a little wobble but there`s a few games to play yet."

West Ham remained rooted to the foot of the table despite
a 1-1 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers and are three points
shy of safety while Wigan also stayed in the bottom three
following their 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

West Ham fell behind when Blackburn striker Jason Roberts
turned in Brett Emerton`s 12th minute cross.

But a trademark Thomas Hitzlsperger shot 12 minutes from
time gave the Londoners a lifeline.

Wigan took a 10th minute lead at Villa Park through
Charles N`Zogbia but Villa equalised seven minutes later when
Ashley Young fired in from 25 yards out.

At Goodison Park, Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure
put Manchester City in front when his 28th minute shot beat
Tim Howard.

Bureau Report

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