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Toby: Spurs must use cup win to Gent back on track

TOBY ALDERWEIRELD has urged his Tottenham team-mates to take the form they found in Sunday’s 3-0 win at Fulham into Thursday’s showdown with Gent.

After back-to-back defeats, Spurs returned to form when a hat-trick from Harry Kane at Craven Cottage ensured they progressed to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The second of those losses came at Gent last week, with a 1-0 scoreline threatening Spurs’ hopes of making the last 16 of the Europa League, but Alderweireld hopes the Fulham victory will provide the spark to succeed in the second leg.

‘The next goal is go through to the next round of the Europa League,’ said the 27-year-old defender ahead of Thursday’s Wembley tie. ‘If you lose two times in a row it’s good to have a good game again. We played well and go to the next round. [We] talked to each other, after the Europa League game, and said “Yeah, we have to change”.

‘We know everybody’s trying, but trying to get the good feeling back — one way is to work very hard — and try to change as quickly as possible. We showed the desire is there.’