Tottenham keep pressure on Chelsea with vital victory over Crystal Palace

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"Everyone dug in and luckily we took the chance we had". "I thought we took the game to Tottenham whenever we possibly could, which is not an easy task with the quality they've got, but we did that".

In that sense the script was written for Spurs to come up short, particularly after the way things unravelled for them at a similar stage last season - this game was nearly a year to the day since they drew at home against West Bromwich Albion, leaving them with too much ground to make up on Leicester City.

At their best, Tottenham's potent combination of pressing and possession allows them to play the game nearly exclusively in the opposition's half of the field.

While Spurs cooled down after the goal, not expending much energy as they knew the job was done and held on for the priceless three points. A Spurs victory will ensure they finish above their rivals for the first time since the 1994/95 season.

The FA found the former Rangers man guilty of breaching their betting rules and fined Barton £30,000 as well as suspending him from all football activity.

He will remain at Palace in the hope he can prove his fitness in time for their last match of the season against Manchester United on 21 May.

Sean Dyche's side are now level with their Premier League away record in 2009-10 (four points from 19 away games). However, as the half wore on it was the home side who continued to impress with Townsend firing over and Wilfried Zaha causing the visitors backline a series of headaches with his pace and power.

The Clarets have only ever gone one season in their history without winning an away league game - in 1902/03 in the second tier. You can survive in the Premier League if you build a great infrastructure.

But they are significantly better off than Sunderland, who are six points further adrift with just a single game in hand.

"It was the ideal win".

Harry Kane insists Tottenham must focus only on themselves as they look to chase down Chelsea in the final weeks of the Premier League season.

Six of those 14 goals have been headed - no Premier League player has more this campaign (level with Fernando Llorente, Romelu Lukaku and Michail Antonio).

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