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Parker: We still believe we'll finish in top four

SCOTT Parker has dismissed suggestions Tottenham's inexperience will see them crumble in the race to finish inside the Premier League's top four.

On Saturday, Spurs took a huge step towards regaining Champions League football when they drew 0-0 at Chelsea, a result that kept them five points clear of their fifth-placed opponents.

But it was also a fifth league match without a win for Harry Redknapp's men and saw them slip three points behind third-placed Arsenal.

Having threatened to open up a 13-point lead over their arch rivals a month ago, there have been claims Spurs are buckling under the pressure the Gunners and Chelsea have long been used to.

Asked if that was the case, Parker said: "No, not really. It's like anything in general life. You need to stay positive.


"We all knew we were on a bad run but we need to keep believing in what we are doing and hopefully it will turn. At some point in the season, you are going to go through a bit of a bad patch, it's just about how quickly you can come out of it."

Saturday's performance suggested Spurs are destined to do just that ahead of what appears to be an easier run-in than their rivals.

Parker said: "Our aim has always been top four and that is not going to change.

"It's about results now. When you get to the nitty-gritty at the end of the season, like it is now, you need to keep trying to get points on the board."

Tottenham have not finished above Chelsea since 1996, but Parker believes his side are finally a match for their London rivals.

He said: "We have got a good team and any team we have played against, any of the top teams, we have showed our quality and class."