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Naughton: No excuses for Spurs

Kyle Naughton says Tottenham cannot use their gruelling Europa League campaign as an excuse for their faltering bid for Champions League football.

Last Updated: 27/02/14 at 18:47 Post Comment

Kyle Naughton: Refusing to blame Europa League for indifferent league form

Kyle Naughton: Refusing to blame Europa League for indifferent league form

Spurs have failed to win six of their nine games following a European outing - the latest being Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Norwich which left them six points adrift of Liverpool in fourth.

That loss followed a 1-0 reverse to Dnipro, which Tim Sherwood's side will attempt to overturn in the second leg at White Hart Lane on Thursday night.

But Naughton insists Spurs have the squad to cope with both competitions heading into the final weeks of the season.

"We can't make excuses about playing in the Europa League. That's what we are in, we should have a big enough squad to deal with that and the Premier League," said the defender.

"The stats don't lie, it does seem that way, it's something that is happening and we're not sure why.

"The games are running out but we have got to keep fighting, we can't let that go. We have to aim for the top four.

"It's difficult at the minute, everyone is doing quite well above us. But we are looking above us rather than behind us. We are not looking to catch an individual team but to just get as many points as we can."

White Hart Lane will bid farewell to Jermain Defoe on Thursday with the striker, currently injured, about to complete his move to Toronto following 143 goals in two spells with Spurs.

Naughton added: "Defoe has been great for us while I have been here.

"He's been great to play with, just to give him the ball and let him do the business. He's been a great finisher, he still is, and a fans' favourite. He will be missed."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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