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Stuttering rivals gave Spurs a lift, says Toby

TOBY ALDERWEIRELD admits Tottenham were spurred on to beat Middlesbrough after seeing some of their title rivals drop points.

Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea as well as a surprise loss for Liverpool at Hull allowed Spurs to move nine points behind Antonio Conte’s leaders with a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane in Saturday’s evening kick-off.

Harry Kane’s second-half penalty was enough to steer Tottenham three points clear of the Gunners and four ahead of Liverpool, who they play at Anfield on Saturday.

‘You are always hungry before a game at the Lane but other results gave us the feeling we could get more points than our opponents so it was important to get the three points, especially with Liverpool away being our next game,’ the Belgian said.

‘We defended well. We could have made it easier by scoring a second or third goal but it’s important just to win these games, especially with teams around us dropping points.’

Liverpool have won only once in their last ten games but Alderweireld insists they cannot be underestimated.

‘They’re going to be dangerous to play against, especially at home,’ he added. ‘We’ve got to go into it looking to get the points.’