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Spurs stay in touch with Chelsea with 8th straight PL win

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Palace boss Sam Allardyce hoping it's not easy to turn Wilfried Zaha's head
Montrelle Montesinos | 27 Abril, 2017, 18:35

"I think all we do now is we remain focused for the game on Sunday against Manchester City", Boro manager Steve Agnew said of his side who are six points behind 17th-placed Hull.

With the game seemingly heading for a stalemate as a resolute Palace stood their ground at Selhurst Park it was up to the Danish star to find the net from range and secure a 1-0 win. "I think we are showing that we have learned a lot from last season".

Last season these sides occupied the top two spots, with Arsenal edging above Tottenham into second place on the final day of the season.

"We know Crystal Palace have won against big teams but we played in a very adult way".

Pochettino is fully aware of the threat posed by Palace after their big wins and has prepared his troops to avoid being yet another scalp.

"It shows great fight and desire from the players to get ourselves out of that predicament".

"It's unbelievable character after the disappointment at the weekend".

"Trust in the club that we will take the best decision for the club to achieve, to improve next season again, that's most important".

However, the Dutch worldwide isn't due to be available any time soon and is aiming to resume full training at some point next month as he bids to get himself fit before the end of the season.

Pochettino will hope his players are revitalised by their eighth successive league win, but the Tottenham boss must know they have to improve to beat Arsenal in Sunday's crucial north London derby.

Arsenal have played the same number of games as City and United, who meet in the Manchester derby on Thursday. Mousa Dembélé, Wanyama's midfield partner, also failed to reappear for the second half after suffering an ankle injury, prompting Pochettino to introduce the more attack-minded Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko.

"It was good to get the three points and be alive in the race for the title".

Pochettino isn't concerned with the squabble for local bragging rights because he has his sights set on the far more significant target of bringing the title to White Hart Lane. "We have to keep going, focus on ourselves and see where it ends".

Asked after the game about his chances of recovering for the north London clash at White Hart Lane, the Belgium midfielder was uncertain.

Fellow centre-back Scott Dann remains sidelined after missing three weeks with a knee ligament problem. Sam Allardyce's team have picked up 19 of a possible 24 points and beat Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in April.

"We know it is going to be hard but that is all we can do".