Tottenham may have had a difficult start to the 2011-12 campaign following early season defeats to both Manchester United and neighbours City, and the long road ahead isn't going to get any easier for Harry Redknapp's side.

But Michael Dawson is convinced that Spurs hold an advantage over the rest of their Barclays Premier League competitors, with the unrivalled passion of the club's fans.

And Dawson says it's time for the players to start emulating that pride and commitment in order to kick-start their season and begin getting points on the board.

The 27-year-old vice-captain has always held a special rapport with the White Hart Lane faithful, a fundamental reason behind the success and enjoyment he has experienced during his time in north London.

"I have been here for six and a half years and they [the fans] have been fantastic," he said. "The fans have been brilliant to me and it makes a big difference when you have got that relationship with them. You need them behind you."


However, Tottenham's lack of activity in the summer transfer window has caused some Spurs fans to begin questioning the ambition of the club, after many hoped that with more investment they would be able to make a renewed attempt to break back into the top-four.

And though qualification for the UEFA Champions League at this point looks like it might be a step too far, Dawson has urged fans not to write Tottenham off just yet.

"They have got high expectations now because of what the players have done on the pitch," he continued. "The players have worked hard to get to where we are as a football club.

"We need them to back us again this year as they do week in, week out – we've also got an amazing away support wherever we go."

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