Tottenham hopes of Champions League qualification suffered further damage with a surprise 2-1 home defeat to Norwich City, extending their poor run of form to one victory in eight games in the Premier League.
In an entertaining and at times controversial contest at White Hart Lane, Antony Pilkington put Norwich in front after 13 minutes and the visiting side should have then had a penalty when Ledley King brought down Grant Holt, only for referee Michael Oliver to infuriate Paul Lambert when allowing play to continue.
Norwich were punished inside 60 seconds when Jermain Defoe lifted the ball over John Ruddy but responded in a thrilling second half when Elliott Bennett scored with a wonderful effort after Gareth Bale had hit the bar for Spurs.
The result, combined with Newcastle’s win at home to Bolton, means Spurs have been caught by Alan Pardew’s side with both clubs now on 59 points with five games remaining, two behind third-placed Arsenal who also have a game in hand.
Norwich, meanwhile, move into ninth place after becoming only the third team following the Manchester clubs to win at White Hart Lane this season.