Tottenham centre back Michael Dawson says that beating relegated Birmingham in their last game of the season has given Spurs a high to complete their pre-season training on.
“Before the game we knew what the rewards were if we went out and won,” Dawson said of the 2-1 defeat.
“In the first half we needed to move the ball a bit quicker but in the second half it opened up.
“We’ve seen all season teams that come and sit in against us, and the longer the game goes on the more confident they get.
“We knew Liverpool were losing 1-0 but Pav got two top goals and it’s nice to finish the season on a high, but for Birmingham it’s hard times.”
Beating Liverpool to a higher finish on the Barclays Premier League table, and garnering the chance to at least play in the Europa League, has motivated Tottenham to finish the season with convincing wins, including against the Merseyside club.
“Going into the Liverpool game last week, we knew we needed two wins and we went and got them, so credit to the lads,” Dawson said.
“The Club wanted to be in the Europa League and the players want to play in tournaments all the time, but starting in June
wouldn’t have been the best preparation for a long season.
”Luckily we don’t have to do that because we got the win to finish fifth.”
While Tottenham were disappointed they didn’t qualify for another Champions League birth, Dawson says the side are still satisfied to finish fifth.
“We wanted to finish fourth but we know how hard it is,” the 27-year-old said.
“After the run we had in the Champions League, we wanted to finish as high as we could and to finish fifth means it’s been a good season overall. I’ve certainly enjoyed it.
“As players we want to be in the Champions League, but we’ve been on a great journey this season having finished fourth last year. Unfortunately we couldn’t quite do that again this year, but that’s the aim next year.
“We’ll come back ready after a good rest and hopefully we can do it, as tough as it will be with the good teams that are in there.”