LONDON -- Heurelho Gomes saved Didier Drogba's stoppage-time penalty kick to preserve a 1-1 draw for Tottenham against Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Roman Pavlyuchenko had Spurs ahead after 15 minutes, but Drogba came off the bench at halftime and leveled the contest with 20 minutes to play, only to miss a glorious chance at returning Chelsea to the top of the league table as Gomes saved his spot kick.
Chelsea is now one point back of leaders Arsenal and Manchester City, with Tottenham remaining in fifth place, five points off the pace.
Jermain Defoe set up the opening goal when he drove a low ball into the penalty area from the left wing. Pavlyuchenko took a touch and then curled his shot inside the left post and around goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Salomon Kalou went close with a header for Chelsea, while Defoe came within inches of the left post early in the second half.
Drogba's introduction at halftime picked up the Chelsea attack, and after tracking down a long ball inside the area, he fired a powerful shot toward the net. The ball was hit straight at Gomes, but he failed to hold it, allowing the ball to roll up his chest and over the goal line.
It was a poor mistake by Gomes, and he made things worse in stoppage time when he bundled over Ramires inside the area.
However, he redeemed himself by diving to the left to parry Drogba's penalty kick, saving a point for his team.
Bolton remained in the top six on Sunday as Stuart Holden scored in the 88th minute of a 2-1 win for Wanderers, who were reduced to 10 men early in the second half when Mark Davies was sent off.
Sunday's other match saw Wolverhampton claim three crucial points against Birmingham as Stephen Hunt scored shortly before halftime in a 1-0 win. Wolves is now only one point from safety while Birmingham is just two clear of the drop zone.