Lights Go Out On Spurs’ Hopes Of Topping Europa League Group

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Tottenham missed out on top spot in Group C of the Europa League after losing 1-nil at Turkish side Besiktas – but they’d already qualified for the last-32. The match was suspended twice due to floodlight failure in Istanbul. All the British sides in the competition had reached the next round before last night. Celtic were confirmed as runners-up in Group D before their 4-3 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb. Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes the club’s youngsters will benefit from their Europa League experience last night. England under-18 captain Ryan Ledson was among those who started in their 1-0 Group H defeat to Krasnodar. With their place in the knockout stages of the competition already assured, Martinez says it was the ideal opportunity to introduce them to the first-team [audio_player src=””] Newcastle boss Alan Pardew’s been assessing his four years at the club, in the week he celebrates the anniversary of his appointment. He’s the second-longest serving manager in the Premier League, trailing way behind the 18-years of Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger, who he opposes tomorrow. Pardew knows there have been plenty of ups and downs in his time [audio_player src=””] Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is concerned about the congested festive fixture schedule – particularly after Christmas Day. Most Premier League clubs will play on Boxing Day – and then two days later on the 28th of December. Koeman says that’s not enough time for players to recover [audio_player src=””]