Result: Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Norwich City

Paul Lambert
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Tottenham Hotspur fail to regain third spot in the Premier League table as Norwich City take maximum points at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur's chances of securing Champions League football next season were dented by a 2-1 loss at home to Norwich City at White Hart Lane this afternoon.

Hosting Spurs started the brighter of the two sides, with Louis Saha forcing John Ruddy into a low save.

However, in one of the first meaningful attacks, Norwich took a 13th-minute lead. Anthony Pilkington took advantage of an error from Younes Kaboul to fire past Brad Friedel in the home goal.

Pilkington went close again in the 29th minute, but Friedel got the better of the midfielder on this occasion.

With Norwich on top, Spurs found the equaliser in the 33rd minute. Jake Livermore was the creator, slotting a ball through to Jermain Defoe for the England international to chip in his 16th goal of the season.

Spurs duo Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale linked for the latter to fire goalwards early in the second half. The Welsh international's effort was held by Ruddy though.

Up the other end Norwich skipper Grant Holt picked out Bradley Johnson in the 56th minute, but the midfielder sent his effort into the side netting.

Just after the hour mark Bale went close to putting Spurs in front for the first time when his curling effort from the right side of the box struck the underside of the crossbar before being cleared to safety.

Moments after Bale had hit the woodwork, the Canaries took the lead again. Elliott Bennett collected possession 20 yards from goal and sent a shot past a motionless Friedel in the home goal.

Spurs pushed forward for their second equaliser of the afternoon, but the Norwich rearguard held firm.

The loss means that Spurs remain fourth in the Premier League table.

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