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Eriksen thanks Lloris for penalty save

Christian Eriksen was delighted his free-kicks played a part in a 3-1 victory for Tottenham against Fulham - but thanked goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for rescuing him at the other end.

The Denmark international fizzed in two deliveries from wide which were too hot for the Fulham defence, allowing Paulinho and Younes Kaboul to score.

Harry Kane headed the second in between times but Steve Sidwell replied for Fulham and then saw a penalty saved by Lloris after Eriksen's handball.

(I wanted to hit them) hard enough, with enough pace to be difficult for defenders.

The first was just a cross, the second I really went for goal but it was lucky.

I was a little bit nervous but luckily Hugo made the save. We have to thank him for what he did in this win today, and all season.

– Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen


Holland praises Chelsea's back four

Chelsea's miserly defensive quartet can prove the bedrock of further Champions League success, according to Steve Holland.

Assistant coach Holland expressed surprise none of Chelsea's regimented back-four made the shortlist for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.

The defence has consistently performed at a very high level this year, which is not just an opinion, it's reflected in the fact we do have the best defensive record in the Premier League," said Holland.

And those four players have in particular, and of course with the goalkeeper, they have contributed massively to that.

They've appeared in a large block of the games.

Maybe there is a bias towards the attacking players in awards, because they are the players that everybody likes to see and they are the headline takers with their match-winning moments.

– Chelsea assistant coach Steve Holland


Rodgers hails Suarez ahead of Norwich test

Brendan Rodgers has paid tribute to Luis Suarez, who will look to continue one of the more remarkable Premier League scoring records when Liverpool face Norwich on Sunday.

I saw his three goals that he scored at Carrow Road before I came in and then obviously he's had four and three during my time here against Norwich.

But I take most solace from what we do as a team. Luis plays that role really well, he's scored a big part of his goals up there on his own.

He enjoys that role, the freedom and the space that it offers, and thankfully we've got other players that can score goals in the team. He's been fantastic and he will continue to be.

– Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
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