Tottenham vice-captain Michael Dawson has praised his teammates for their exciting brand of football this season, saying it has been an absolute joy to watch.

The 28-year-old defender recently returned from a four-month spell on the sidelines with an Achilles injury, helping Spurs move level on points with second-placed Manchester United, after Wednesday's 2-0 victory over Everton.

"We've lost one in 18 and that doesn't come easy, it comes with hard work and performing week in and week out," said Dawson.

"I've been out for a long time and I've watched a lot of football and I've watched a lot of Tottenham.

"I think the way we play with the pace we've got with [Gareth] Bale, [Aaron] Lennon and [Kyle] Walker and full-backs overlapping, we're flying and playing really well."

Harry Redknapp has repeatedly stressed that Tottenham's target for 2011-12 had been to regain a place in the UEFA Champions League after missing out last season.

 

But Dawson believes the players can rise above those expectations, because confident is so high in the camp.

Asked if Spurs were playing the best football of all their Barclays Premier League rivals, the England international added: "I think so, yes.

"Our main aim is to be in the top four and to be in that Champions League spot and after the first two games [defeats by Manchester United and City], losing the way we did, was disappointing.

"[But] we're only just over halfway in the league and we're in a great position."

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