Ex-Tottenham hero Clive Allen claims no real damage was done by West Ham defeat

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The former striker says the belief of Mauricio Pochettino's side won't have wavered despite failing to move top of the table.

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Clive Allen has claimed that "no real damage" was done by the club's 1-0 defeat to West Ham United on Wednesday night, telling talkSPORT that Mauricio Pochettino's side will not have been knocked back.

Michail Antonio scored the only goal of the game as Spurs went down 1-0 to their London rivals at Upton Park and missed the chance to take advantage of Leicester City dropping points the previous night.

A victory would have sent Pochettino's men to the top of the Premier League, but instead the defeat left them three points behind Leicester City with 10 matches of the season remaining.

However, Allen, who scored 76 goals in 142 games in under four years at White Hart Lane, insists that the loss was no great blow to the club's hopes of a first title since 1961.

He told talkSPORT: "At least there’s the positive that there was no real damage done in respect to their league position. They’re still only three points behind.

"Spurs have their best opportunity to win the league in many, many years, and the one thing about them under Pochettino is that they have the belief. It’s a young group, it’s an emerging group, and they have a magnificent opportunity.

"I still believe their goal difference and defensive record will be absolutely vital at the end. The title is Leicester's to lose now, which no one would have said [at the start of the season], but Spurs have to believe they can do it."

The title race will become clearer after this weekend's fixtures, when Spurs host third-place Arsenal in the North London derby at White Hart Lane, whilst Leicester face a tricky test at Watford.

The result of that clash with the Gunners could see Pochettino's side move six points clear of their arch-rivals if they win, or cause their three-point lead over Arsene Wenger's side to be wiped out if they lose.

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