Toby Alderweireld discusses the importance of Tottenham's second goal in 4-0 win over Stoke

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Mauricio Pochettino's men moved to within five points of Leicester at the top of the Premier League.

Toby Alderweireld has told Tottenham's official website that the side's second goal against Stoke on Monday night was so important that he wanted to scream and celebrate with the fans.

Spurs took the lead inside the first 10 minutes at the Britannia Stadium through Harry Kane, but then had to wait almost an hour before Dele Alli doubled the side's lead to give Mauricio Pochettino's men the breathing space they wanted. 

And while both the previous scorers would get on the scoresheet once again in the final 20 minutes to make the result even more convincing, the Belgian suggested that it was the team's second that gave him the most joy.

"It was a great feeling because we were 1-0 up and missing chances so it was very important to get that second goal and get the morale back up," he told the club's official website.

"It was very important because you never know - if you're 1-0 up and they start putting the ball in the box, they might bring Peter Crouch on and it could be difficult.

"You knew in your head how important it was to get that second goal and I wanted to scream and celebrate with the fans for a few moments before focusing again!"

While Mark Hughes has taken the Potters away from their reputation of being a physical team that is incredibly difficult to get the better of - especially at home - and turned them into a side that operates with a free-flowing style, they are still in the top half of the Premier League so would have undoubtedly been a tough challenge for Spurs.

And with Leicester opening the door slightly in the title race following their draw with West Ham at the weekend, the pressure would have been on Pochettino's side to go and ensure that they took their opportunity to close the gap to five points with four games to go, which explains why the goal that practically clinched the contest was met with such jubilation. 

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