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Parker: performances no longer matter

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Scott Parker has quashed claims Tottenham are crumbling under pressure in the race for a top four spot, but admits the north London club may have to abandon their attractive brand of football in order to finish above Chelsea.

 

Spurs have seen their form tail of dramatically in recent weeks,with their last ten league games yielding just two victories.

 

That poor run has allowed Arsenal to leapfrog their rivals into third having converted a 13 point deficit to a three point advantage in the space of a month

 

Tottenham at least protected their five point advantage from 5th place Chelsea in the race to secure a top four spot and Champions League qualification with a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

 

With Chelsea and Arsenal both experienced in making it into the top four on a regular basis, Tottenham have been accused of bottling it at the wrong time, a notion Parker rejects.

 

Asked if Tottenham were feeling the pressure, the England international told reporters: “No, not really. It's like anything in general life. You need to stay positive.”

 

"We all knew we were on a bad run but we need to keep believing in what we are doing and hopefully it will turn.

 

"At some point in the season, you are going to go through a bit of a bad patch it's just about how quickly you can come out of it."

 

Spurs were left frustrated after they wasted a host of chances to walk away with three points from Stamford Bridge for the first time in over twenty years on Saturday.

 

Rafael Van der Vaart squandered two clear cut chances in quick succession while Emmanuel Adebayor also had the chance to put his side up only to see his effort cleared off the line.

 

With the game against Chelsea failing to live up to expectations in terms of quality, Parker admits that in the final eight games Spurs may be forced to abandon their free-flowing style and try to win ugly.

 

“Our aim has always been top four and that is not going to change. We need to keep winning games.

 

"It's about results now. It's not about playing well.

 

"When you get to the nitty gritty at the end of the season, like it is now, you need to keep trying to get points on the board.”

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