Dawson left with mixed feelings

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Michael Dawson claims Tottenham accomplished what they had aimed to achieve at the start of the season by finishing fourth in the Premier League, although admits they should really have finished higher.

After an initial blip at the start of the campaign, Spurs could count themselves as seemingly genuine title contenders all the way up until February while, perhaps more significantly, they enjoyed a substantial gap over rivals Arsenal.

But defeat in the north London derby at the end of February started a downturn in form for Harry Redknapp's side, and their lead was soon eroded as the Gunners moved into third a left Spurs clinging on to a place in the top four.

Spurs, however, managed to finish among the Premier League's elite, although Chelsea's victory in the final of the Champions League ensured the Lilywhites had little to show for their season's endeavours.

And Dawson, who missed much of the campaign through injury, says there have been mixed emotions in the Spurs camp now that the season is over.

"We finished in the top four and you couldn't ask for much more," Dawson told the official Tottenham magazine. "That was our aim at the start of the season and we achieved that.

"True, we were disappointed to be 10 points clear in third place and then to have that steadily eroded and overtaken.

"But we won a lot of tough games and picked ourselves up again after our disappointing spell to really make it start happening for us again, so we can't be too hard on ourselves.

"We played some of the best football in the Premier League at times and that deserves respect."

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