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Leicester fairy tale continues with a win at Spurs

Big clean sheet for Kapser Schmeichel at White Hart Lane
Big clean sheet for Kapser Schmeichel at White Hart Lane

Just when it seemed as if the Leicester City fairy tale is running out of steam, they popped up with another sensational result on Wednesday night as they beat Tottenham 1-0 at White Hart Lane.

Centre-back Robert Huth headed home from a corner with seven minutes remaining to end the Foxes' six-hour wait for a goal and give Leicester three points and draw them level on points with Arsenal at the top of the table after the Gunners drew 3-3 with Liverpool at Anfield.

Manchester City were unable to trim the gap on Arsenal, who they remain three points behind, as they were held to a 0-0 stalemate with Everton at the Etihad Stadium.

Jermain Defoe scored his first Premier League hat-trick since November 2009 to guide Sunderland to a 4-2 win at 10-man Swansea that boosted the Black Cats' survival hopes.

The former West Ham and Tottenham striker grabbed two goals in the victory over Aston Villa in Sunderland's previous league match and their revival continued in south Wales.

After Defoe and Gylfi Sigurdsson, with a penalty, had traded goals, Kyle Naughton was sent off for the Swans, who went ahead anyway before half-time through Andre Ayew.

However, Patrick van Aanholt levelled things up once more before Defoe struck twice more to move Sunderland just one point away from safety.

Stoke also took advantage of a red card to move up to seventh courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Norwich at the Britannia Stadium.

Gary O'Neil's 31st-minute wild hack on Ibrahim Afellay left the Canaries up against it and Republic of Ireland striker Jonathan Walters soon gave the Potters the lead.

And although Jonny Howson equalised, Joselu restored Stoke's lead with just his second goal for the club before Ryan Bennett's own goal sealed the three points.

Irish star James McClean earned West Brom a share of the spoils at Stamford Bridge as the Baggies drew 2-2 with Chelsea, on a night when he also almost came to blows with Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois (below).

The Blues had led twice, through Cesar Azpilicueta and a Gareth McAuley own goal, but Craig Gardner and McClean were on target for Tony Pulis' men to ensure a point apiece.

Watford lost a third straight game as they went down 2-0 to Southampton, who scored in either half through Shane Long and Dusan Tadic.