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The Spurs defender believes last year's heartbreak will drive his team on to beat Sunderland on Sunday - but admits they require a "favour" from Newcastle to finish fourth

Michael Dawson admits Tottenham will have failed to reach their main target should they fall short of Champions League qualification this season.

A win at home to Sunderland on Sunday would see Tottenham surpass the club's record points haul in the Premier League era - but it will not guarentee a top four place.

But, while he is content with his side's efforts, Dawson acknowledges it would not be a "fantastic" season should Arsenal beat Newcastle and condemn Spurs to fifth place.

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"If we win and get 72 it will be a great season, but it will only be a fantastic season if we get that Champions League spot," he told reporters.

"That's what we set out to achieve at the start of the season.

"If we can get that number of points then great, but we want to be in the Champions League with the way we missed out on it last year."

Dawson, who also narrowly missed out on a Champions League spot with Spurs seven years ago after much of the squad developed food poisoning, insists his side will do all they can on Sunday.

But he recognises they need Newcastle to prevent Arsenal from winning in order to finish in the top four.

"All we can do is concentrate on what we do, and fingers crossed Newcastle can do us a favour," he added.

"We have just got to go out there and get three points and see where it takes us on Sunday evening.

"The atmosphere will be great. It's the last game of the season and hopefully we will get the three points and it will be good enough."

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