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Rainbows and tears on Tottenham’s last day at White Hart Lane | David Hytner

Tottenham Hotspur favourites of the past were in attendance as the club played the final game at White Hart Lane, beating Manchester United 2-1

Over by White Hart Lane’s East Stand, underneath the halfway line, lie the ashes of Bill Nicholson – the late, great Tottenham Hotspur player and manager who, more than anybody, left a lasting impression on the club.

Nicholson’s remains were placed down there, together with those of his wife, Darkie, at a family ceremony and, when the club push ahead with the move to their new 61,000-seat stadium on this site, great care will be taken to reposition those ashes under the playing surface.

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Ugo Ehiogu’s young Tottenham players ease sadly back into playing routine

Children’s football charity launched by former under-23 coach’s wife sees its coffers swollen by the match proceeds and a bucket collection

Ugo Ehiogu was 44 years old. Of all of the shocking details about his death, it is the one that hits home with the force of a wrecking ball. Two weeks ago, the former England defender had walked out at the Tottenham Hotspur training complex to coach the club’s under-23 squad. His under-23 squad – the players who loved and respected him.

What happened next was the beginning of the nightmare for his wife, Gemma, his children, his wider family and all of the friends he had made during his life – many of them in football. The images of the panic etched across the faces of the Spurs staff when Ehiogu collapsed with the cardiac arrest which proved fatal have retained a haunting quality.

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Ugo Ehiogu’s young Tottenham players ease sadly back into playing routine

Children’s football charity launched by former under-23 coach’s wife sees its coffers swollen by the match proceeds and a bucket collection

Ugo Ehiogu was 44 years old. Of all of the shocking details about his death, it is the one that hits home with the force of a wrecking ball. Two weeks ago, the former England defender had walked out at the Tottenham Hotspur training complex to coach the club’s under-23 squad. His under-23 squad – the players who loved and respected him.

What happened next was the beginning of the nightmare for his wife, Gemma, his children, his wider family and all of the friends he had made during his life – many of them in football. The images of the panic etched across the faces of the Spurs staff when Ehiogu collapsed with the cardiac arrest which proved fatal have retained a haunting quality.

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Mauricio Pochettino says ‘the world tried to kill Tottenham last season’

• Manager says his players suffered as everyone was rooting for Leicester
• Pochettino: Spurs players are more focused in ‘fair’ title fight with Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino feels his Tottenham Hotspur players have a sharper focus on their Premier League title challenge, in marked contrast to last season when “all the world tried to kill” them and will Leicester City to their fairytale triumph.

The manager watched his team ramp up the pressure on the leaders, Chelsea, with a 4-0 dismissal of Bournemouth at White Hart Lane. It moved them to within four points of Chelsea, although they have played one game more. Antonio Conte’s side visit Manchester United on Sunday.

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Tottenham keep pressure on Chelsea with hammering of Bournemouth

At times like these, with Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur utterly rampant, it is the points that got away from them earlier in the season which come to feel more and more significant. How about the two that they dropped in the 0-0 draw at Bournemouth last October? With just an extra couple to their tally, it would be possible to paint their Premier League title pursuit in an even more exciting light.

As it is, this stroll in the north London sunshine against a Bournemouth team with glaring defensive flaws moved them to within four points of the leaders, Chelsea, who play at Manchester United on Sunday. Tottenham are close but will they be close enough?

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Harry Kane could miss rest of season with recurrence of ankle injury

• Striker limped off during Tottenham’s 6-0 victory over Millwall
• Kane left White Hart Lane on crutches and with right foot in protective boot

Harry Kane’s season could be as good as over after he limped out of Tottenham Hotspur’s 6-0 FA Cup drubbing of Millwall with a nasty-looking ankle injury. The striker, who has scored 24 goals in all competitions this season, left White Hart Lane on crutches and with his right foot in a protective boot.

Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, said he feared the damage would prove to be similar to that Kane suffered against Sunderland last September. Back then, scans revealed an ankle ligament issue and he was out for seven weeks. Kane fell awkwardly after a challenge from the Millwall defender, Jake Cooper, early on in the tie and he could not continue after treatment.

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Tottenham Hotspur hammer Millwall in Cup with Son Heung-min hat-trick

It was tempting to say that when Vincent Janssen scores, the visiting team know they have problems. Those of Millwall, however, had taken hold long before the £17m striker came off the bench to score his first goal in open play for Tottenham Hotspur.

This season’s FA Cup has been defined by its shock results. Think of Lincoln City, Sutton United and Eastleigh, or even Oxford United and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Millwall’s last victory over Tottenham had come in the months before the outbreak of the second world war. This stood to be an upset to rival them all, despite the League One club having arrived on an unbeaten run of 17 matches.

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Harry Kane double fires Tottenham to victory as they swat aside Everton

The clock is ticking down on White Hart Lane and Tottenham Hotspur appear determined to wring every last drop of satisfaction out of the old place. As things stand, the plan is to vacate their home since 1899 for the whole of next season, before they return to a rebuilt 61,000-seater stadium in 2018-19. All of which meant that the visit of Everton was advertised as the sixth-last league fixture at this ground.

It would go down as Tottenham’s ninth straight Premier League win on their own turf. Everton brought the best record in the division during the calendar year but they were swatted aside by a combination of Harry Kane’s ruthlessness in front of goal and Tottenham’s overall physicality.

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Mauricio Pochettino demands more from Tottenham after win over Chelsea

• ‘If we want to fight for trophies we need to keep that intensity’
• Chelsea’s Antonio Conte believes six teams are in contention for title

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham can achieve big things after ending Chelsea’s winning run with a 2-0 derby victory. Spurs are now third in the Premier League, seven points behind the leaders after Dele Alli’s double secured the hosts’ fifth straight home success.

“It’s only one game,” he said. “We need to be regular and consistent during the whole season. We’re happy for the victory, but it’s only three points. If we want to fight until the end of the season for big things, for trophies, you need to keep that intensity. That is always the challenge.”

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Tottenham deliver statement of intent but derby revenge still tastes sweet | David Hytner

Mauricio Pochettino wanted his Spurs side to put down a marker against Chelsea yet games between these two clubs always come loaded with significance

Mauricio Pochettino has only been at Tottenham Hotspur for two-and-a-half seasons but, already, he has plenty of history with Chelsea – and it goes deeper than the now notorious 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge at the end of last season, when his team lost a lead, their heads and any chance of the title.

Pochettino can reflect on the 5-3 home win over them in his first season, which was one of the first indications that his side could play in the manner that he demanded while there would be the 2-0 Capital One Cup final defeat a couple of months later.

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Tottenham deliver statement of intent but derby revenge still tastes sweet | David Hytner

Mauricio Pochettino wanted his Spurs side to put down a marker against Chelsea yet games between these two clubs always come loaded with significance

Mauricio Pochettino has only been at Tottenham Hotspur for two-and-a-half seasons but, already, he has plenty of history with Chelsea – and it goes deeper than the now notorious 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge at the end of last season, when his team lost a lead, their heads and any chance of the title.

Pochettino can reflect on the 5-3 home win over them in his first season, which was one of the first indications that his side could play in the manner that he demanded while there would be the 2-0 Capital One Cup final defeat a couple of months later.

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Danny Rose hits superb winner as Tottenham fight back to beat Burnley

It was seconds after Raheem Sterling had put Manchester City 2-1 up against Arsenal in the 71st minute that the White Hart Lane scoreboard coordinator decided that it was time for a score flash from the Etihad stadium.Tottenham Hotspur had needed a lif…

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Two-goal Christian Eriksen inspires Tottenham to victory over Hull City

Christian Eriksen might have departed White Hart Lane with the match-ball and only the width of a post denied him what would have been the first hat-trick of his club career. It was the lone complaint for him on what was a near-perfect night, as he and Tottenham Hotspur recovered a little of their rhythm.

The north London club had needed a response to Sunday’s defeat at Manchester United and Eriksen was the orchestrator of it. Apart from a wobble at the start of the second-half, they were too good for a Hull City team that once again looked too passive away from home, where they have now lost six on the spin.

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Harry Kane at the double as five-star Tottenham saunter past Swansea

The comedian, Michael McIntyre, was in attendance and the White Hart Lane PA announcer referred to the Swansea City substitute Fernando Llorente as Fernando Morientes on more than one occasion. But for the biggest laugh of the afternoon, nobody needed look any further than the referee, Jon Moss, whose decision to award Dele Alli a penalty on 39 minutes for what was a swan dive broke Swansea City.

Alli seemed to tumble in slow motion, under Kyle Naughton’s non-challenge, and when Moss blew for the penalty, it was the catalyst for Tottenham Hotspur to surge to a much-needed win. Harry Kane scored from the spot and he would get another one after the interval to take his tally to seven in six appearances for the club.

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Dele Alli leads vibrant Tottenham to inflict first loss on Manchester City

It was a performance of furious intensity and it was one that served to make the most eloquent of statements. Tottenham Hotspur mean business and, after their near-miss last season, they are once again shaping up as serious contenders for the Premier L…

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Southampton’s Steven Davis leaves Tottenham sweating over second place

Steven Davis had arrived at White Hart Lane with two goals all season for Southampton. The Northern Irishman departed having doubled his tally and driven his club to what had to be considered as a surprise victory. It was deserved and it kept Southampton ticking in their quest for Europa League qualification.

Both of Davis’s goals were marked by precision and cuteness, rather than any thumping power and, on both occasions, there could be questions asked of the Tottenham goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris. On the first, which cancelled out Son Heung-min’s opener, Davis diverted Dusan Tadic’s cross goalwards and, with Lloris slow to react, the ball squirmed home while for the winner, his shot wriggled through a crowd and found the corner. Lloris might have seen it late.

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Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham will learn from slip-up as title hopes fade

• Spurs manager cites lack of experience
• It’s disappointing but that’s football, Pochettino adds

Mauricio Pochettino suggested that Tottenham Hotspur had been unhinged by their lack of experience as their Premier League title hopes suffered a serious blow in Monday night’s 1-1 home draw with West Bromwich Albion.

Pochettino has the youngest team in the division and they have thrilled during their surprise challenge for the championship. But, after they went ahead through Craig Dawson’s own goal, they allowed another lead to slip at White Hart Lane, following those lost to Stoke City, Newcastle United and Arsenal this season.

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Premier League: five talking points from Tottenham v West Bromwich | David Hynter

Dele Alli could be in hot water after digging Claudio Yacob in the midriff when out of the referee’s sight, although the White Hart Lane faithful went down shouting

Tottenham’s 19-year-old midfielder, who knows only one way to play – at full throttle and with maximum expression – began the evening by being pictured on the field with his PFA Young Player of the Year trophy. But it was a moment in the first-half that went undetected at the time but not, predictably, by Twitter, which could have ramifications. Dele Alli is a spiky competitor and he was clearly annoyed by the attentions of Claudio Yacob, the West Bromwich screening midfielder. The flashpoint came off the ball, when Alli turned and gave Yacob a dig in the midriff. “Muhammad Alli” was soon all over social media. The referee, Mike Jones, did not see it and so there could be an avenue for retrospective Football Association punishment. If – and it is a big if – the FA was to deem it as violent conduct, Alli may be looking at a three-match ban. Ouch.

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Dele Alli starts goal rush as Tottenham see off Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur refuse to give up on their Premier League title dream. What a strange game this was, and how bizarre Manchester United were on so many levels but Mauricio Pochettino’s team shook their heads clear to find the knock-out with three quick-fire blows towards the end.

There had been a measure of deflation in the Tottenham ranks beforehand when the leaders, Leicester, closed out their victory at Sunderland to take a bold step towards the least likely title triumph of all time. But Tottenham did what they had to do and they will keep fighting until the last.

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Arsenal defy critics as Harry Kane rues Tottenham’s missed opportunity

• 10-man Arsenal take point with Alexis Sánchez’s equaliser
• Kane: ‘We should have finished game off’

Per Mertesacker wanted the comment to pack a punch and it did. “For a team with low confidence and no belief, we played pretty well today,” the Arsenal captain said, the deadpan delivery perfect.

It is difficult to imagine a more unsettling buildup to this high-profile collision for his club. Over and above the defeats to Manchester United and Swansea City last week, there had been outpourings of dismay from the most computer-literate fanbase in world football and the familiar sense of Arsène Wenger being pressed to the brink.

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