London – Out-of-sorts Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League qualifying hopes received another jolt when they lost 2-1 to Norwich City on Monday while on-song Newcastle United boosted their chances with a 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.

Slow Spurs jolted by Norwich

Norwich had a host of penalty claims turned down but still secured a memorable Premier League victory at White Hart Lane to leave hosts Spurs two points adrift of third-placed Arsenal who have a game in hand on their north London neighbours.

Newcastle, in fifth spot and looking to climb into the fourth and final Champions League berth, joined Spurs on 59 points but Chelsea can go fourth if they win by two goals at west London rivals Fulham later on Monday (19h00 GMT).

Goals by Anthony Pilkington (13 minutes) and Elliott Bennett (66) either side of a crafty Jermain Defoe dink in the 32nd lifted Norwich to ninth, level on 43 points with Liverpool but with an inferior goal difference.

“I thought they bullied us a little bit. It was a difficult day for our boys at the back,” Spurs manager Harry Redknapp told reporters.

“Credit to them… I think they deserved it. We were disappointing,” he added as Spurs continued a poor run that has yielded one win in eight league games.

Senegal striker Papiss Cisse scored his seventh goal in his last four league appearances as red-hot Newcastle reeled off their fifth victory in a row.

The goal of the game against Bolton though came from French forward Hatem Ben Arfa who went on a stunning 70m run to open the scoring in the 73rd minute.

“He’s got that bit of magic,” said Newcastle manager Alan Pardew. “Hopefully it will persuade his manager to include him in the French squad.”

Everton’s 4-0 hammering of Sunderland put them in seventh spot on 47 points.

Second-half goals from Magaye Gueye, Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman and Victor Anichebe sank Sunderland.

Aston Villa moved seven points clear of the relegation zone after a 1-1 home draw with mid-table Stoke City.

Leaders Manchester United (79 points) visit Wigan Athletic on Wednesday when second-placed Manchester City (71 points) also entertain West Bromwich Albion.