Monday 18 December 2017

Parker: Resilience keeping Spurs in hunt

TOTTENHAM midfielder Scott Parker believes more displays of greater resilience, combined with a fully fit squad, can ensure they maintain their challenge at the top of the Premier League.

There was little evidence of the free-flowing attacking football which has earned so many plaudits in Monday night's 0-0 draw at Liverpool.

However, what was evident was the strength of their defence and the determination not to cave in under pressure.

While a point on Merseyside meant the gap to leaders Manchester City was extended to seven points, Parker believes the performance was an important marker.

"We all know what we can do on the ball and how much we can dominate teams," said the England man. "But certainly it shows that we have come a long way to go to Anfield and put in a really good defensive performance.

"At any point in the game we have got players who can score.

"You could be under as much pressure as you like but we have the players here who can quickly get you back into the game.

"The Manchester City match was a prime example of that (when Spurs came back from 2-0 down only to lose to a stoppage time winner).

"What I am most delighted about is the defensive side of our game -- the resilience and the character. These are the things that all the great sides have. Our mentality is that we are coming to places like Anfield and we are not going to roll over easily."

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