Michael Dawson braced for test of Tottenham’s top-four credentials

Michael Dawson warns Tottenham to expect a tough test when Spurs travel to Stoke City in the Premier League on Sunday

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Andre Villas-Boas's Tottenham are currently fifth in the table Photo: Back Page Images

Michael Dawson has warned Tottenham to expect a tough test when Spurs travel to Stoke City on Sunday looking to keep their top-four hopes alive.

With Arsenal not playing FA Cup finalists Wigan until Tuesday, Spurs have the chance to leapfrog their local rivals into fourth place in the table with victory at the Britannia Stadium.

But Dawson, who felt Tottenham could have nicked a win against Chelsea in midweek, is braced for a testing encounter against Tony Pulis’ men in their penultimate Premier League game of the season.

“It will be a tough there, it always is, but if we get the ball down and play, we’ve got the players who can be a massive threat,” captain Dawson told Tottenham’s website.

“We were determined win that match [at Chelsea] and we gave our all. I thought we might go on and win it at 2-2 but it wasn’t to be. All we can do now is try to get back to winning ways at Stoke.

“We’ll keep fighting and hopefully someone will do us a favour. We can’t look at that too much though. It’s about us and we have to go to Stoke and get the three points.”

There was positive news for Tottenham on Friday after manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed that midfielder Mousa Dembele, who sat out Wednesday’s clash at Stamford Bridge, is likely to be fit for the trip north.

“Mousa will train tomorrow with the team and we expect him to come back fully fit and be ready for selection,” said Villas-Boas, who also confirmed that William Gallas, Younes Kaboul and Sandro remain sidelined.

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