Tottenham manager Antonio Conte lambasted his players after they let a two-goal lead slip to draw 3-3 at Southampton on Saturday, as Chelsea also conceded a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Everton.
Spurs looked set to leapfrog Manchester United into third in the Premier League as they led bottom-of-the-table Saints 3-1 with just 13 minutes remaining at St. Mary's.
But Theo Walcott's first goal in nearly two years and James Ward-Prowse's stoppage-time penalty salvaged a vital point for Southampton.
"The problem is that for another time we showed that we are not a team," said Conte.
"We are 11 players that go into the pitch. I see selfish players, I see players that don't want to help each other and don't put their heart."
Pedro Porro's thumping finish had opened the scoring and his account for Tottenham in first-half stoppage time.
Southampton responded within a minute of the restart as Che Adams turned in Walcott's cross.
Speculation continues to surround Harry Kane's future, but it has not affected the England captain's form as he rose highest to head in his 21st Premier League goal of the season from Dejan Kulusevski's cross.
Ivan Perisic's strike from the edge of the box then gave Spurs a two-goal cushion.
Yet, even that was not enough for Conte's men.
Walcott side-footed home to set up a grandstand finish and Pape Sarr was then penalised for bringing down Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Tottenham 'keeper Fraser Forster could not deny his former teammate Ward-Prowse to leave Spurs just two points ahead of fifth-placed Newcastle having played two games more.
"I'm very proud," said Southampton captain Ward-Prowse as his side closed to within two points of safety.
"I don't think we deserved to be 3-1 down but we showed character and the crowd helped us. Once we scored the second one we had all the energy."
Chelsea's slim hopes of catching the top four all but disappeared with Ellis Simms' first Everton goal which snatched a point in the 90th minute at Stamford Bridge.
Joao Felix broke the deadlock with an arrowed drive into the far corner six minutes into the second half before Abdoulaye Doucoure headed in from a corner to level.
The Toffees quickly undid their good work when a combination of Ben Godfrey and James Tarkowski brought down Reece James inside the area and Kai Havertz coolly sent Jordan Pickford the wrong way from the penalty spot.
But Chelsea failed to hold on for a fourth consecutive win in all competitions as Simms outpaced Kalidou Koulibaly and slotted the ball under Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Leeds moved out of the relegation zone after beating fellow strugglers Wolves 4-2 at Molineux.
The visitors had won just once in their last 13 league games but stormed into a 3-0 lead.
Jack Harrison fired Javi Gracia's men in front before rare goals for right-backs Luke Ayling and Rasmus Kristensen had appeared to put Leeds out of sight.
Two goals in eight minutes gave Wolves hope as Jonny and Matheus Cunha cut the arrears.
However, Jonny was sent off for a dangerous studs-up tackle on Ayling and Rodrigo wrapped up the three points which lift Leeds into 14th.
Aston Villa's fine form under Unai Emery continued as Bournemouth were beaten 3-0 at Villa Park.
Douglas Luiz turned home Leon Bailey's low cross to give the home side the perfect start.
Jacob Ramsey then sealed the Cherries' fate 10 minutes from time before Emiliano Buendia added a third.
Victory lifts Villa to within four points of the European places.
Brentford missed the chance to go above Liverpool into sixth as they were held 1-1 at home by Leicester.
Harvey Barnes cancelled out Mathias Jensen's opener as Leicester edged a point clear of the bottom three.© 2023 AFP
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Conte gave the spurs hierarchy both barrels in his post match news conference
True Saints seldom give up. Humility, hard work, perseverance, and never-say-die spirit are important virtues in the armory of Saints. Hats off to veteran Theo Walcott and his fellow footballers at Southampton.
Double plus bad
Nobody dead and buried at the bottom. Any 3 from 9 to go down.
Leicester, Palace and Forest in the worst form over the last 6 games.
Massive point for Everton. Didn’t expect anything there.
‘How much do Palace lose tonight against the Arse with an interim manager who never managed a senior side and a goalkeeper who is also a club ball boy?
Next week Hodgson as manager if reports are true, flipping heck Tucker!