The stat which suggests Tottenham have the fight for top four challenge

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Tottenham Hotspur have certainly shown plenty of fight in tight situations this season.

Tottenham’s late winner courtesy of Christian Eriksen yesterday was the third time in their last four away games that they’ve scored a winner in the 89th minute or later.

A few Spurs fans would have been confused yesterday when their manager threw on Benjamin Stambouli after 70 minutes, a defensively minded player, with the game set at 1-1.

However, what the trend shows is that rather than sitting back and resting on the luxury of a hard earned point away from home, the side is fighting hard to secure important wins.

Some have already written off Tottenham’s chances of a top four place by the end of the season, with Champions League football branded an impossibility for the club in some corners of the media.

However, while Pochettino may be struggling to brand his philosophy on the side, he’s certainly got them showing a lot of grit and determination, which is making the difference at key times for the club.

It’s one trait which will please their fans, not just because any late winner sends supporters home happy, but because it’s proof that Tottenham’s stars care.

They’re not going through the motions and settling for draws, but trying to go one better and improve the club’s position in the Premier League table.

It’s a trend that Pochettino has already admitted that he doesn’t want to face up to, preferring the luxury of more comfortable results.

The real challenge for the club is how they’re going to cope against sides that are experienced and solid in terms of seeing games out.

How are they going to react when Manchester United or Arsenal are defending a lead late into a game, which could prove to be the decisive factor in who finishes fourth in the league.

It’s positive but the job for Pochettino is to make the wins more comfortable.

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