Friday 13 January 2012

McCarthy upbeat on Spurs' title chance

Wolves boss impressed by Tottenham, while defender Dawson relishes quality of football

Michael Dawson is fit-again for Harry Redknapp's in-form Tottenham

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has labelled Tottenham as genuine contenders for the Barclays Premier League title.

McCarthy's side visit White Hart Lane on Saturday for a tough match against Harry Redknapp's in-form Spurs, who moved three points behind League leaders Manchester City with Wednesday's 2-0 win over Everton.

McCarthy said: "Spurs are genuine title contenders. People say it's all about 'can you believe you can win it' when you get to the last six games.

"If they keep everyone fit then, yes, they are a genuine contender for the title."
- Mick McCarthy

"But they've got great players and I'm sure Harry Redknapp will be trying to add to that this window, also keeping everyone fit and making sure they all stay on the pitch.

"If they do, then, yes, they are a genuine contender for the title and it would be refreshing for someone else to win it."

Spurs defender Michael Dawson has hailed the quality that Spurs are producing on the pitch.

The 28-year-old, who is back playing following an Achilles injury, said hard work was behind their run of good results.

"We've lost one in 18 and that doesn't come easy, it comes with hard work and performing week in and week out," said Dawson.

Asked if Spurs were playing the best football, Dawson said: "I think so, yes.

"I've been out for a long time and I've watched a lot of football and I've watched a lot of Tottenham.

"I think the way we play with the pace we've got with [Gareth] Bale, [Aaron] Lennon and [Kyle] Walker and full-backs overlapping, we're flying and playing really well."

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Key Points

  • Tottenham Hotspur host Wolves in Barclays Premier League on Saturday
  • Redknapp's side has lost just one of past 18 Barclays Premier League matches
  • Defender Dawson hails the quality of Spurs' football