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By Ben Pearce, Tottenham correspondent
Monday, April 16, 2012
Scott Parker feels that Harry Redknapp and the Tottenham fans are doubting the players’ ability to save the season and secure fourth place in the Premier League.
Having been 10 points clear of Arsenal in third place two months ago, Tottenham have since won just one of their last seven league games.
A shock home defeat against Norwich last Monday was followed by a 5-1 loss against Chelsea in yesterday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
However, Parker believes that such adversity, combined with a ‘siege mentality’, could bring the Lilywhites together and boost team spirit for the final five games of the campaign.
“I think it’s clearly obvious that we’ve had a dip in form, for one reason or another,” said Parker. “I can’t exactly put my finger on it.
“All I can say, and it sounds very clichéd, is that we need to stay positive. We have five games left, we’re not 20 games from the end of the season.
“It’s five games. We can’t sit in front of videos and work out exactly where we’re going wrong. We need to get back to where we were.
“It’s obviously easier said than done but we’ve got to grind it out in these last five games and get fourth.
“It’s about getting that siege mentality because at this moment in time everyone’s doubting us. For me personally, and for the rest of the lads I’m sure, that’s when you’re at your best really.
“Probably even our own fans, and probably even our own manager, are doubting us and this is the time when we need to stand up and be counted.
“We have to stay positive around the lads. We have a few senior players around in our dressing room, along with the coaching staff and the management. We do have a young squad and we need to dig in.
“We are going through a bad patch, there’s no hiding from that. It’s difficult, nerves are in the camp - but at the end of the day we are only playing football.
“We just need to go out there now and play with no fear and just get that fourth spot. That’s what we have to aim for now.”
Chelsea’s victory over Spurs yesterday was aided by a ‘ghost goal’ as referee Martin Atkinson awarded a strike to Juan Mata, despite the ball not crossing the line – a monumental error which put the Blues 2-0 up.
“I was gutted really. Obviously I could clearly see that the ball was nowhere near the line,” said Parker.
“It physically couldn’t have got over the line because there were probably about three players surrounding the line.
“I think we’ve been here before, we’ve been here all year and we’ve discussed these kind of decisions.
“In such a crucial game, in the semi-final of an FA Cup, unless you are 110 per cent sure that the ball has crossed the line, I don’t know how you can give that decision. He has and that’s it.
“Anyone else in any other line of work making a wrong decision like that would be held responsible. That’s a massive part of the game, we were 2-0 down at that point.
“We came out, we chased the game and we got hit by a couple of sucker-punches. We’re very disappointed.
“The linesman said he didn’t make the decision, which I wouldn’t have expected him to – there were so many players surrounding the ball. But the referee took it upon himself to make the call, and he got it wrong.
“I don’t know whether it affected us psychologically, but in terms of the way we had to go and play, we had to go and force the game.
“We had to become stretched and we lost our shape at times because we were 2-0 down in a cup match. We knew we had to go out there and try and get a goal back.
“We did that, and maybe when it was 2-1 we should have just consolidated that little bit for five or 10 minutes and got our shape a little bit. They hit us again and then from there really it got away from us.”
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