Spurs midfielder backs title challenge

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Jake Livermore believes that Tottenham’s 3-1 victory over West Brom proves the north London club are capable of challenging for honours this season.

Spurs claimed all three points at the Hawthorns on Saturday thanks to two goals from Emmanuel Adebayor either side of a Jermain Defoe strike but were forced to work hard for the win, and went behind after Youssouf Mulumbu headed the home side ahead after 11 minutes.

Key creative forces Rafael Van Der Vaart and Luka Modric were absent for the game, and Livermore believes the victory without two of the Lillywhites finest players demonstrates the strength in depth Spurs posses this season as well as a new found resilience.

“It’s a great result for us,” Livermore told London24.com. “It’s always difficult to come to West Brom, and also to play against a Roy Hodgson team. I find they’re always well organised. I thought they were very good and solid and for a good period of the game it was very even.

“The team’s buzzing about this run that we’re on, and we showed real character to get the result. That’s important when you’re a goal down, and these are the sort of games that keep you up there at the end of the season.

“Perhaps two or three seasons ago these were the kind of games where we would lose or only come away with a draw.” He concluded.

The win means Spurs have now picked up 28 points from a possible 30 in their last ten Barclays League outings, a run that has moved them up to third in the league, two points behind second-placed Manchester Untied with a game in hand.

Attention now turns to the Europa League for the north London outfit, with a win against PAOK Salonika required in order to secure their progress to the next stage of the competition following the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Rubin Kazan earlier this month.

“I think it’s a game we need to win now,” said the 22-year-old. “Our form’s been good in that competition and likewise I think the squad rotation has been great. Hopefully we can push on in that and carry on in the league.

“I think there’s a lot of great teams in the Europa League as it is, and with the Champions League teams dropping down into the competition in the new year it’s going to be a great experience for the young lads and myself. I’m really looking forward to it, and getting through to the next round.

“On a personal level this season has been great for me. Hopefully we can keep this run going as a team, and likewise for myself. I just want to keep getting myself involved and just show the gaffer what I can do, and hopefully cement a place.”

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