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Tottenham boss Pochettino: Gap to Man City 'massive' after draw with West Brom

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted the gap to Premier League leaders Manchester City was "massive" after Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Brom.

Harry Kane's 30th Premier League goal of 2017 earned Spurs a point at Wembley, after Salomon Rondon had given Gary Megson's visitors an early lead.

However, the result means leaders Manchester City can pull 13 points clear of fourth-placed Tottenham with a win at Huddersfield on Sunday.

Spurs were ruthless against the league's lower sides at White Hart Lane last season but this term they have already dropped points at home to Burnley, Swansea and now West Brom.

Asked if the gap behind City may now be too big to close, Pochettino said: "It is true the gap now is 10 points. It is massive in the Premier League.

"But now we need to be focused on trying to improve and trying to be more consistent here at Wembley. We have to try to win more games here like last season at White Hart Lane.

"It's true it's different to White Hart Lane, that is our reality, we cannot escape it. Our reality is we are playing here and waiting for our new stadium.

"But that is not an excuse, the team is doing well and only disappointed because we dropped two points when we should have taken all three."

Danny Rose was again not even named on the bench as the left-back continues to regain match fitness. Rose could start against Leicester on Tuesday.

"He is like another player, there is no issue," Pochettino said. "He was training like another player."

Meanwhile, Megson admitted the result "whetted his appetite" again for management.

Megson has been put in temporary charge of the Baggies after Tony Pulis' departure and made a strong case for a longer stay with this draw.

The result ends a run of four consecutive defeats and, with home games against Crystal Palace and Newcastle to come, Megson may be able to further his cause.

"I did consciously decide two or three years ago that if I wasn't getting jobs I would go travelling, play golf, that's what I'll do," Megson said.

"The previous 18 months before that I was trying to get jobs and it wasn't happening. So this has whetted my appetite again. I enjoyed being out on that touchline. I think I'm good at it.

"There are, I don't know, obviously some reasons why I'm not working but it hasn't made any difference to me in terms of the 90 minutes we played today on this job.

"That's for the board to decide what they're doing."

Megson oversaw two promotions to the Premier League during his last spell in charge of West Brom between 2000 and 2004, and worked with Pulis this season.

He believes his side, who are a point clear of the bottom three in 17th place, should not yet be preparing for a relegation scrap.

"I said to the players it doesn't start as a battle - it's a battle when you're in that position with not many games," Megson said.

"I don't think it's a team that should be faffing about in the relegation spots but it is and we have to cope with that."

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