24 Dec 2011

No change in top four of Premiership

3:48 pm on 24 December 2011

Tottenham Hotspur have held on to third spot in the English Premier football League after a 1-1 draw with fourth-placed Chelsea at White Hart Lane.

Emmanuel Adebayor gave Tottenham the perfect start when he turned in a Gareth Bale cross after eight minutes but having dominated the opening 20 minutes the home side were forced back by a stirring Chelsea fightback.

Chelsea equalised after 23 minutes through the lively Daniel Sturridge and had the better chances after that.

Both sides went for victory in a thrilling second half with Ramires wasting a glorious chance for Chelsea and Adebayor going close in stoppage time.

Going into the busy Christmas programme Tottenham have 35 points from 16 games, with Chelsea two points behind having played a game more than the north London club.

Leaders Manchester City have 44 from 17 games, two ahead of Manchester United.