Glenn Hoddle identifies the little things that Tottenham failed to do against Arsenal

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Tottenham Hotspur lost ground on Leicester City after Saturday's 2-2 draw with Arsenal.

Glenn Hoddle believes Tottenham will regret not doing the "little things" during Saturday's north London derby draw with Arsenal.

Spurs, who were looking to keep pace with Leicester City at the top of the Premier League, found themselves 2-1 and a man up with 28 minutes remaining, after Aaron Ramsey had put the visitors ahead before half-time.

But instead of holding on for the win that almost all inside White Hart Lane were expecting, Mauricio Pochettino's side allowed Alexis Sanchez to equalise 14 minutes later, and in doing so dropped two vital points in the title race.

Hoddle says his former side were caught in two minds as to how to approach the closing stages, after goals from Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane shortly after Francis Coquelin's dismissal had put them in the driving seat.

The 58-year-old told TalkSPORT on Monday morning: "The back four, the two full-backs (Kyle Walker and Danny Rose), don't have to play in the normal circumstances - them two were bombing on from the first minute and they continued to do that.

"I think you keep your back four in shape, but they've got to come out at some stage and go and press the front players. I think they got a little bit caught in between - they were not quite sure what they wanted to do.

"(When the other team has got 10 men) you change the play, you go out the other side and you get a few overlaps in - you stretch teams. Things like corners, Tottenham weren't taking two out. You always take two out. You're going to get a spare man somewhere on the pitch - in and around the box.

"Those little things they didn't do and they'll regret them looking back."

Tottenham are now five points behind Leicester, who beat them 1-0 in January, after the Foxes' 1-0 win at Watford later on Saturday.

The Lilywhites travel to bottom side Aston Villa on Sunday and round off the month with a home fixture against Bournemouth in 13 days' time.

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