West Ham Inflict More Pain On Tottenham, Leicester Go Second
Sumaira FH 11 days ago Mon 22nd February 2021 | 12:00 AM
London, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Feb, 2021 ) :Jose Mourinho's position as Tottenham manager is under further scrutiny after a damaging 2-1 defeat at West Ham on Sunday as Leicester moved into second by beating Aston Villa by the same score.
Spurs have now lost five of their last six league games to fall nine points off the pace in the battle for a top-four finish. They are now ninth in the table.
"Our potential is higher than where we are so there is frustration." Mourinho's men were undone by a slow start to each half at the London Stadium.
Tottenham rallied after Lucas Moura's powerful header pulled a goal back.
Gareth Bale impressed in his appearance as a second-half substitute as he thundered a long-range strike against the bar.
"We are enjoying it but are also not going to be daft," said Hammers boss David Moyes, who enjoyed his first win over Mourinho in 16 attempts.
"We will keep calm and hopefully keep pushing the teams at the top." - Villa suffer without Grealish - Leicester are determined not to make the same mistakes of last season when they let a huge lead over Manchester United and Chelsea slip away and missed out on Champions League football on the final day of the campaign.
James Maddison could be the beneficiary if Grealish's leg injury forces him to miss England's World Cup qualifiers next month and he continued his fine scoring form with a low drive that clipped the inside of the post.
Leicester were 2-0 up inside 23 minutes as Harvey Barnes then pounced after Emiliano Martinez saved from Jamie Vardy.
Villa were handed a lifeline three minutes into the second half when Bertrand Traore swept home Matt Targett's cross, but lacked the creative spark for which they rely on Grealish to find an equaliser.
Manchester United can also reclaim second on goal difference when they host Newcastle.