Andre Villas-Boas is confident Tottenham Hotspur will not allow their February lead over Arsenal to evaporate during the run-in to the end of the season, as it did a year ago, and the Spurs' manager expects his side to increase their advantage over their London rivals to four points when they travel to Upton Park to play West Ham United on Monday night.
Villas-Boas hopes that a dramatic victory over Lyon in the Europa League on Thursday will inspire his side.
"We've been having some great, great results," he said. "After Europa League games we've always been good in the Premier League. I think it puts us in a good position to face West Ham. I don't think it's a distraction, I think it's an inspiration."
Matthew Taylor, the West Ham midfielder, concedes Spurs have been impressive.
He said: "We understand that Tottenham have got lots of fantastic players and they are a great team but we're not bad ourselves."
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