May 5, 2018 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
The north London side are on course to finish in the top four for the third successive season.
Appleton - a former West Brom player - is now the assistant manager at Leicester City, but could be looking to step back into his first managerial role since being at the helm of Oxford United from 2014-17. "I think it will be a massive battle for them, but also for us".
The striker is now on 27 goals and is four behind Salah who has one less game than Kane, but has a tougher run of games, as Liverpool face Chelsea, who hold faint Champions League hopes and an inform Brighton and Hove Albion side, whilst Kane has Newcastle United, who have nothing left to play for and the same with Leicester City.
And just a few minutes later some more pressure from West Brom led to a corner and Ahmed Hegazi nearly headed in Matt Phillips' whipped cross, but it went just wide. "We know we are a threat at set pieces and we managed to nick one".
Lloris stopped Harry Kane scoring an embarrassing own goal and the striker's hopes of catching Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot were hit as the England striker drew a blank.
Spurs had been expected to leapfrog Liverpool into third place against an Albion side battling for top-flight survival but Jake Livermore's stoppage-time victor has instead renewed Chelsea's hopes of gatecrashing the top-four race.
Crucially, he produced a spectacular stop in the dying seconds after Livermore had scored to keep alive West Brom's dream of pulling off what would be a great escape.
The fight for survival in the Premier League has suddenly got rather enthralling.
The trip to West Brom on Saturday presents Spurs with an opportunity to extend that advantage to eight points, 24 hours before Chelsea entertain Champions League finalists Liverpool. Tottenham, on the other hand, look like they can't wait for the season to end, especially after their FA Cup ouster.