‘Tottenham must forget about Arsenal and Newcastle on Sunday’
Spurs assistant manager Kevin Bond says his side can't afford to be distracted by events at the Hawthorns or Goodison Park
Tottenham Hotspur must forget about Arsenal’s trip to West Bromich Albion and focus on beating Fulham at White Hart Lane on Sunday in the race for a fourth-place finish, according to Spurs assistant manager Kevin Bond.
Spurs could only manage a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa last weekend and missed out on the chance to move into third place after Arsenal were held to a draw by Norwich City at The Emirates.
The Gunners face a tricky assignment against a West Brom outfit playing their final game under new England boss Roy Hodgson, while fifth-placed Newcastle United travel to Everton.
But Bond wants Spurs to forget about the fixtures elsewhere and concentrate on securing a vital three points.
“We need to do the job we need to do and then at least no-one can stop us from finishing fourth,” Bond told Tottenham’s website.
“That’s what we have to focus on. If we get help from elsewhere, that’s a bonus, but we have to make sure we win our game first.”
Martin Jol, who spent three seasons at White Hart Lane, masterminded Fulham’s 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield last week, while Clint Dempsey has 17 goals in 37 appearances from midfield.
Bond admits Tottenham will have to be at their best and be well-drilled on Fulham’s many threats ahead of a difficult London derby.
“You only have to look at where they are in the league,” added Bond. “They’ve a lot of good players, attacking threats.
“They need to be given respect because they are a good side. Moussa Dembele is a clever player and Clint Dempsey has just improved and improved during his time in England.”