Woody sets sights on Europe

17 March 2009 10:27
Jonathan Woodgate believes Tottenham can think about qualifying for Europe after climbing into mid-table.[LNB] Spurs have been embroiled in a relegation battle all season but have now moved to 11th, their highest position to date, following a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa.[LNB]Tottenham are currently six points clear of the drop zone and just five behind seventh-placed West Ham.[LNB]The side finishing seventh is expected to secure a place in the revamped UEFA Europa League and Woodgate feels Tottenham can approach the rest of the season with confidence.[LNB]"Winning at Aston Villa was a big result for us, but I would rather be optimistic rather than pessimistic," the defender said in the Daily Express.[LNB]"I'd rather look up than down, try to win as many games as we can. [LNB]"We are on a good run. Europe? We have a chance but let's not get carried away. [LNB]"We have got a lot of work to do still, a lot of teams to play around us as well, so hopefully we can get involved in it."[LNB]Palacios praiseSpurs have enjoyed a good run of form since Wilson Palacios arrived at White Hart Lane from Wigan and Woodagte has been impressed by the Honduran midfielder.[LNB]Palacios has forged a good partnership with Jermaine Jenas in the centre and Woodgate feels they have made Tottenham harder to beat.[LNB]"We are more resilient," he insisted.[LNB]"We graft and we have two midfielders in Wilson Palacios and Jermaine Jenas who work hard. That has got to be a telling factor, particularly in our away games.[LNB]"That is what the manager demands. In a football side you have to do all the ugly things before you start playing with the ball.[LNB]"Palacios is proving his worth. He has been a good signing for us."[LNB]

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