Tottenham’s Scott Parker: We’ll hold our nerve in top-four race

Tottenham's Scott Parker insists Spurs can hold their nerve and secure a top-four finish despite a disappointing result at Wigan

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Scott Parker joined Tottenham in 2011 Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

Scott Parker insists Tottenham Hotspur can handle the pressure in the top-four race despite narrowly avoiding defeat at Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Spurs were trailing 18th-placed Wigan until Latics defender Emmerson Boyce scored a late own goal as Andre Villas-Boas’s men salvaged a point to keep them in touch with Arsenal and Chelsea.

Tottenham trail third-placed Chelsea by three points and the Gunners by two, although the White Hart Lane outfit have played one games less than their north London rivals.

Spurs take on Southampton at home next weekend, and Parker is adamant Villas-Boas’s men can hold their nerve and secure Champions League football for next season.

“I think people will always ask whether we can handle the pressure and put those questions to us because of what happened in the past, but I don’t think there is anything psychological happening in the changing room,” Parker said.

“I think we are showing character. I don’t know what the stats are but apart from Man United, I think we might be one of the best teams at coming back from losing positions.

“We have got great character and great belief here. It was massive with a couple of minutes to go to get back and we tried to nick it at the end.

“We have to take the positives. We are all disappointed at the moment, but in a couple of days we will get back focused on what we need to do.

“There are four games left and along the way we need to pick up as many points as we can. I’m sure along the way other teams will be dropping them as well so this could be a big point.”

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