Toby Alderweireld admits it felt as though the world stopped after West Brom draw

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The Tottenham defender admits he and his teammates had no answers for how his side were held in Monday's result.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld had admitted to the club's official website that it felt as though "the world stopped for a minute" as the club saw their fading title challenge go up in smoke with a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Monday night.

Spurs were utterly dominant in the first half but led only 1-0 at the break after Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane both hit the woodwork and a host of chances went begging.

That bad fortune and wasteful finishing came back to haunt them as Craig Dawson headed home an equaliser with 17 minutes remaining to ensure the hosts dropped a vital two points.

That result leaves Mauricio Pochettino's side seven points adrift of leaders Leicester City with just three games to play and means that all the Foxes have to do next weekend is match Spurs' result to win the title.

Unsurprisingly, the draw felt like a defeat to Spurs players and supporters alike, and Alderweireld sounded almost lost for words in trying to sum up how it left him feeling.

He told the club's official website: "The world stopped for a minute. You want to process it in that minute but you can’t find the answer. Everyone was devastated and you could have put a camera on anyone, it would be the same, every player, every member of staff, every fan.

"We deserved the win but sometimes in football, you don’t get what you deserve. It was very painful, especially at home and in the title race. If we played badly, you could accept it more, but we had to kill the game.

"It’s always difficult when it’s 1-0. That’s what we said, even at Stoke, we said ‘get the second and third goals’ because there is always a chance, a corner, set-piece, one difficult ball into the box. That’s what happened and it’s so disappointing. At that moment, it just hit me."

What must be kept in context for Spurs fans is that regardless of their likely failure to overhaul Leicester and win a first league title since 1961, this has been the club's most successful domestic season arguably since they finished second two years after that double-winning campaign.

Barring a miraculous collapse, the club will be competing in the Champions League for only the second time next term, and under Pochettino with a young English corner they looked primed to launch another challenge at the top.

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