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Dawson demands Spurs 'push on again'

Michael Dawson has challenged Tottenham to end their dismal losing streak and go on another unbeaten run to secure their place in next year's Champions League.

A 12-match unbeaten sequence at the end of 2012 meant Spurs were odds-on to qualify for the Europe's top club competition, but defeats against Liverpool and Fulham mean Spurs are in danger of blowing their chances for a second successive year.

A defeat at Swansea, coupled with victory for Arsenal over Reading, will put the Gunners just one point behind their rivals with a game in hand. Another loss will also give Villas-Boas the tag of being the first Spurs boss since David Pleat in 2004 to preside over a four-match losing run.

DISAPPOINTED

The Portuguese was upbeat about his team's top-four prospects though, and his captain echoed the sentiments.

"Everyone was disappointed with the result against Fulham but that's behind us now and we have to push on again," Dawson said.

"We showed what we're capable of when we went on that unbeaten run and we've got to look to do something similar between now and the end of the season. We know it will be tough, but the determination is there."

The game at Swansea would have looked like one of the toughest fixtures in the calendar earlier this season, but the Welsh club's victory in the League Cup final last month means they have little to play for.

Arsenal had no trouble beating the Swans 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium last time out, but Dawson has warned against underestimating them.

"Swansea have impressed everyone again this season," Dawson added.

"They play good football and the Liberty is always a tough place to play, but we have to go there and bring back a positive result."

Dawson will be fit for the trip to Wales after overcoming a hamstring injury which cruelly ruled him out of making his first international appearance in two years last week.

His withdrawal from the England squad meant his Spurs team-mate Steven Caulker made the bench for the games against Montenegro and San Marino, and the 21-year-old, who is returning to the club where he spent last season on loan, was delighted to be involved with England.

"It was a great experience," said Caulker. "Of course, I would have loved to get on the pitch, but it's not too much of a disappointment as I know it was a trip for me to learn."


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