Tottenham skipper Ledley King has warned his team-mates they are not too good to be relegated - and they will lose their status in the Barclays Premier League if there is no improvement.
King admits the clash against Portsmouth on Sunday feels like a relegation battle, with Spurs bottom of the table and Tony Adams' men only three points better off.
King said: "People were asking the question whether we were too good to go down but if we're here at this stage of the season we're obviously not."
He added; "It's going to take a lot of hard work for us to put things right.
"We're losing too many games and we've got to stop that. If it keeps going the way it is we'll get relegated so we have to pull our fingers out and turn it round.
"The Premier League is where we want to play our football. It's a massive club and of course it should be in the Premier League and doing a lot better than we are. So it's up to the players to get ourselves out of this."
King feels Spurs need to work harder in matches to grind out results and believes they need to reproduce the effort they made when Harry Redknapp was first appointed as manager.
"We've not worked hard enough at times, not in training but in matches," he added.
"We've probably come away from the hard work we put in when he first turned up."
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