Tottenham centre-back Ledley King has called on his teammates to fight for some positive results after back-to-back poor performances against Arsenal and Manchester United.

The Spurs captain had previously warned that defensive lapses could end up costing his side third place as they look to secure qualification for next season's Champions League, with Spurs failing to translate their dominance of possession into goals against United at White Hart Lane on Sunday. They were punished their lack of concentration on two occasions.

And King expects plenty more tough matches as everybody fights for their final position as the run-in begins to gather pace.

Speaking to the official Spurs player, the 31-year-old defender said: "There are tough games all the time – whether teams are fighting for the league, UEFA or relegation. It’s a dog-fight to the end and every team wants to pick up points. We’re the same.

“We want to try and finish the season in a positive way, and we’ll have to pick ourselves up during this week. We’ve got a chance to get through to the next round of the FA Cup on Wednesday, so we’ll be ready for that and then keep going.

Following heavy defeats away to Arsenal and at home to Manchester United, Tottenham now find themselves 13 points behind league-leading Manchester City.

Spurs travel next to Goodison Park on Saturday in the league, hoping to put an end to the poor results which have seen them drawn back into the battle for third with Chelsea and Arsenal. They face Stevenage in an FA Cup replay in midweek.

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