Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Last Updated: Sat, 24 Mar 2012 15:07
Tottenham remain five points above Chelsea after earning a draw in a disappointing London derby at Stamford Bridge.
Harry Redknapp's side had the better of the second-half in West London and stay on course to finish above Chelsea in the Champions League places.
It was a slow start at the Bridge with the only action from a dull first-half coming in stoppage time when Rafael van der Vaart almost put the visitors ahead twice. The Dutch midfielder was first denied by Petr Cech before his shot on the follow-up was cleared off the line by Ashley Cole.
Frank Lampard saw his penalty appeal turned down midway through the half following a challenge by William Gallas inside the box but it was an otherwise uninteresting half of football.
Luckily it was a more entertaining second period and Daniel Sturridge came close to breaking the deadlock six minutes after the restart when he latched onto Didier Drogba's through ball to send a low shot wide of Brad Friedel's left-hand post.
Kyle Walker should have done better when he struck a shot into the side-netting from 12 yards as Spurs began to gain a foothold in the game.
Ramires also saw a penalty claim turned down by referee Martin Atkinson but the home side were inches away from going ahead moments later when Juan Mata's free-kick came back off the post.
The chance lifted the atmosphere around the stadium and this coincided with Tottenham's best chance of the game. Emmanuel Adebayor rounded the goalkeeper but his shot was blocked in front of goal after some wonderful tracking back by Gary Cahill.
Gareth Bale hit the crossbar when he got on the end of Luka Modric's resulting corner and he forced two late saves out of Cech as the visitors tried to snatch all three points.
A draw was a fair result in the end but Harry Redknapp will be the happier of the two managers as his side keep Chelsea at arm's length in the race for the Champions League places.