Spurs’ trip to Chelsea now vital after ‘gutting’ draw with Albion

MICHAEL Dawson admits that Saturday’s draw with Albion was “gutting” for Spurs, placing even more importance on their upcoming trip to Chelsea.

West Brom’s late equaliser means that Tottenham have now won just once in their last seven league games, the 3-2 victory over Stoke – a run which has left them as outsiders for a top four finish.

“It’s gutting, we’ve dropped two points. But we pick ourselves up again and go to Chelsea for another massive game,” said Dawson.

“We’ve got some big games coming up – three away now and two at home. We go to Manchester City, and it could go down to that game again, like it did last year.

“But we’ve got to take it game by game, like we’ve always said we’re going to do. We did that on Saturday, unfortunately it’s two points dropped for us, but we go to Chelsea to hopefully get all three.”

That will be a tall order, particularly when Spurs have failed to win at Stamford Bridge since 1990, and Dawson is expecting a tough test from Didier Drogba in particular.

The Ivorian forward ruined the Spurs defender’s return from injury in the 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane in December, outmuscling the England international before lashing the ball through Heurelho Gomes to cancel out Roman Pavlyuchenko’s opener.

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“It was my first game back from injury at White Hart Lane. Drogba’s a top player who’s in great form,” said Dawson. “We go to Stamford Bridge and it’s going to be another tough game.

“But we also came up against two top players in West Brom’s forwards, so whoever you play in the Premier League there are some good players out there and you’ve got to be at your best every week.

“Of course Chelsea will be determined. They’ll want to win every game and have a chance of winning the title. But it’s no good looking at everyone else. It’s down to our own form and hopefully we can go there and get a good result.

“This club was built to be in the Champions League and that’s our aim this year. It’s going to be a hard test but we won’t give up. There’s still a long way to go in the chase.”