Alan Hutton claims 'fearless' Tottenham are dark horses in Premier League title race

Scot pays tribute to Sunderland loan
Reinstated Tottenham defender Alan Hutton believes his side are dark horses in the race for the Premier League title as they enjoy playing without the pressure dished out to other clubs.

The Scottish right-back has won his place back in the side after a loan spell at Sunderland last season, and claims the White Hart Lane team don't fear anyone in a title race that has blown wide open.

"I think we are dark horses in the race," Hutton said. "I don't think anybody can really write us off, we'll give it our best and as we've shown [against Chelsea] we don't fear any team we face so I don't see why we can't be in with a shout."

Spurs drew 1-1 with champions Chelsea on Sunday, after taking the lead through Roman Pavyluchenko before the Blues equalised thanks to Didier Drogba. The Ivorian also had a chance to win it at the death but saw his penalty saved by Heurelho Gomes.

"It was a good game, very end to end for the spectators," Hutton said. "Overall I think we did well, both teams had chances to win. Of course [I'm disappointed], I think we had chances to score as well, just like them, so overall maybe it was a fair result."

Had Spurs won they would have moved just a point behind the Blues and two off the top of the table, and Hutton believes while much coverage is given to title challengers like Manchester City, he is happy for his side to play without pressure.

"Before [the game] all the talk in the changing room was about wanting to win, there was no [plan to] sit back and see what they do, we wanted to attack them," he added.

"I don't see a reason why we should fear anybody anymore.

"I think it's better that way, there's no pressure on us, everybody can see how well we're playing so let the pressure be on them [Manchester City] and we'll just play our way."

The marauding full-back lost his place in the team after an impressive start at White Hart Lane following a move from Rangers in 2008, but a loan spell at the Stadium of Light has done wonders for the Scot's form.

"I believe in myself and I believe in what I can do," he added. "At the time I was really frustrated and I wanted to play games and to do that I had to go away. I got an opportunity and I believe I've taken that, so it's just about concentrating, working hard and staying there.

"I'd speak to [Spurs boss Redknapp] and he just wanted me to keep working hard and doing the right things and I think I did that. I was patient and it's paying off now and I'm just happy to be playing."

Spurs' next match is against a Blackpool side who have been surpassing all expectations in the league. Sadly for Hutton, his ex-team-mate Charlie Adam is suspended, but the former Rangers man had high praise for the Seasiders.

"Blackpool have done absolutely amazingly," he said. "It's going to be such a tough game going there for us so we are expecting it to be really hard and we're going to have to work extremely hard to stop them but I still imagine it to be quite an open game.

"Charlie and I more or less came through as young boys together so [I] know him really well and I played with him in the first team. I imagine he'd have been looking forward to playing us.

"I still speak to him quite a lot and he's doing really well there. I'm happy to see him away from Rangers and showing everybody actually how good he is."

Spurs welcomed back Michael Dawson from a lengthy spell on the sidelines on Sunday and Hutton is pleased to have the highly-rated centre back returned to the team.

"I've always thought he's been a terrific player, he wins every header, he is commanding and we have really been missing that sometimes so [it's great for him] to come back in and not look out of place. He looked sharp and fit and it's great to have him back," he noted.

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