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EPL Wrap: Spurs Stumble, City Rise to 3rd

EPL Wrap: Spurs Stumble, City Rise to 3rd Photo: TT
Tottenham's Son Heung-min reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London

Manchester City have moved up to third spot in the English Premier League title race while Tottenham slumped to a draw with Fulham leaving them down in sixth.

Tottenham missed the chance to move back into third with their 1-1 draw with lowly Fulham, after Harry Kane had given them a first-half lead.

The Cottagers leveled with 15 minutes to go from Ivan Cavaleiro’s header, leaving Spurs boss Jose Mourinho to rue his side’s failure to take their chances and “kill the game off”.

“In the first half (Fulham goalkeeper) Alphonse Areola made some impossible saves, a couple of others in the second too,” Mourinho said.

“We have to kill a game and we didn’t - but you have to keep a clean sheet, not make mistakes, so it was a very avoidable goal.

“The markers are there, there wasn’t even an advantage in terms of numbers.

“We have bad results and we should - and we could have - avoided these results.”

Meanwhile, Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion makes it four wins in a row for Pep Guardiola’s side who are back in contention.

Phil Foden netted a 44th minute near post winner from Kevin De Bruyne’s pass, while Raheem Sterling missed a stoppage-time penalty for City.

Guardiola heaped praise on Foden. “I said many times what I think about Phil - the number of games goals, assists and kilometers he runs for the team,” Guardiola said.

“Hes a guy close to the goals he has a special instinct - his standards are higher and he deserves to play.

“I try to judge the team day by day; recent performances and he lives 24 hours for football. I have the feeling he lives 24 hours a day to play football.”

Ben somerford
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