Harry Redknapp has hit back at critics who say his Tottenham side have blown their chance of having a successful season.
A run of just one win in eight Premier League games has seen them replaced in third by North London rivals Arsenal and in danger of being dumped out of the Champions League places altogether by a rampant Newcastle side who have won their last five.
But Redknapp called for cool heads amongst the fans as they are just one game away from an FA Cup final and are in the frame for continental football next season - a position he feels many would also have taken at the start of the season.
"People forget where Tottenham should be at times," Redknapp said. "They have won two Carling Cups since 1991, the average finishing position until four or five years ago was probably about 10th - our form is fantastic.
"We had a bad performance against Norwich, but other than that we played very well and just didn't get the results.
"We were in a fantastic position and ended up losing points and Arsenal have been on a great run and picked up win after win and that's what has changed.
"If we'd come from nowhere and suddenly moved into fourth, we'd all be going, 'great'. But I'd have taken this position at the start of the year for sure."