Peter Crouch: Tottenham Hotspur Can Still Make Top Four

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Peter Crouch has insisted that Tottenham Hotspur are still genuine contenders for a top four finish in the Premier League, despite their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Despite Jermain Defoe’s sublime first-minute overhead kick, Spurs still lost the match after United went down to 10 men following Paul Scholes’ dismissal for two bookable offences.

Nevertheless, Crouch took heart from the performance, which saw Tottenham – who had four wins from as many games heading into the clash – dominate the reigning champions at various stages.

Crouch said in The Daily Mirror: “We’ve got fantastic quality and have to remember we’ve had a fantastic start.

“In spells we were the better side and it wasn’t as though we were completely outclassed all game.

“For the first half-hour we were pressing, making them make mistakes and looking like scoring every time we went forward.

“But in the second half, for whatever reason, especially when they went down to 10 men, we stopped closing them down with the intensity we had in first half. We didn’t seem to be able to get close to them.

“United were fantastic in the second half. Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes started dictating the game. If you let them play they will always hurt you and that’s what happened.”

The former Portsmouth forward said that although Spurs were close to challenging for a top four spot, they probably were not quite there yet. The challenge against Chelsea next week would be the ultimate litmus test.

Crouch said: “We know we’re close to the top teams but they’ve been the top four for a number of years. I wouldn’t say we’re quite there yet.

“But we’ve got another chance to see quite how close we are against Chelsea next week. If we can get a result there people will start talking us up again.”

Daily Mirror

~ by footballdirecta on September 14, 2009.

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