Matt Doherty tells Tottenham team-mates every game “must have to be won” as they push for the top four

Matt Doherty has warned his Tottenham team-mates that there is no margin for error when it comes to securing a place in the top four ahead of rivals Arsenal, West Ham and Manchester United.

Tottenham moved up to fourth on Sunday after convincingly beating Newcastle United 5-1.

Antonio Conte’s men are ahead of Arsenal on goal difference, with both sides currently on 54 points, but Tottenhan have played two more games than their north London rivals.

Tottenham have eight games left to try and qualify for next season’s Champions League and Doherty believes every game is a must now.

Doherty said after Sunday’s win: “We just have to worry about our own games, we know we still have to play Arsenal.

“We’re going to think for every game of the season it’s a must-win game and we can’t afford to make a mistake. It’s nice that we got our work done first this weekend and let’s see if the results go our way.”

Asked if their top four rivals were scared of the club’s form, he replied: “We’re in a really good rhythm but I’m pretty sure the other teams will pay attention and worry about themselves , especially when we don’t have to. Games some of the teams around us, they won’t have a problem with that.

“They’re going to look at it like they’re just going to focus on themselves and see what they can do.”

Arsenal will edge Tottenham into fourth if they can secure at least a point at Crystal Palace on Monday night.

West Ham and Manchester United are three points behind the north London duo but Arsenal’s remaining games make them the current favourites.

Tottenham, who are next in action at Aston Villa on Saturday, are yet to take on Arsenal with the date of the rearranged game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yet to be announced.

(Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) Matt Doherty tells Tottenham team-mates every game “must have to be won” as they push for the top four

Jake Nichol

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