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Pochettino questions two penalty decisions as Crystal Palace battle to Spurs win

PUBLISHED: 20:02 10 January 2015 | UPDATED: 09:24 11 January 2015

Spurs players surround the referee  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Spurs players surround the referee (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Mauricio Pochettino felt two big decisions went against his Tottenham side as they threw away a one goal lead to lose at Crystal Palace.

The Spurs boss saw Harry Kane give Spurs the lead once again, but Dwight Gayle equalised from the spot before Jason Puncheon won the game for Alan Pardew’s side.

Pochettino felt Kane could have had a penalty and was disappointed with the referees’ performance.

“The penalty changed the game, the decision of the penalty changed it,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.

“It is key to the game, from our point it is tough to give it but my player said he didn’t touch it so that is enough for me.

“With Harry Kane, I couldn’t really see it, but that is one against us at one end and one at the other.”

The Spurs boss however admitted Palace grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck when they needed too.

Goals change games and Pochettino reckons the 15-20 minute spell of Palace pressure was enough to prevent Spurs from closing the gap on the top four with Manchester United, Arsenal and Southampton all playing tomorrow.

“I think they showed more energy than us, for about 15-20 minutes,” he said.

“After we concede the goal they have the momentum and they got the win.”

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