Tottenham Hotspur academy coach admits top-four concerns

Bradley Allen admits that Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season have taken a blow.

Tottenham Hotspur academy coach Bradley Allen has admitted his concerns on the first-team’s chances of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season.

The 43-year-old former Queens Park Rangers forward made the comments following Spurs’ 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Despite taking the lead through striker Harry Kane in the opening minutes of the second half, Tottenham conceded twice at Sehurst Park to lose the encounter 2-1.

The North London outfit remain two points behind fourth-placed Southampton in fifth in the league table, but that could change as the Saints, Arsenal and Manchester United all play today.

"If Spurs had got a second, it might have been a different story,” Allen told BBC Sport. “But this result is a blow to their top-four hopes.”

Tottenham were considered favourites by many to win on Saturday, what with them being on a seven-game unbeaten run and having the better players.

However, the way in which Mauricio Pochettino’s side struggled after Palace restored parity was unprecedented.

Spurs are still very much in the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League, but they will need to bounce back and then go on a winning run.

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