Van der Vaart spurring Tottenham on to silverware and a top four finish
16:32 GMT, 25 March 2012
Rafael van der Vaart is hungry for a Barclays Premier League and FA Cup double after helping Tottenham take a huge step towards a top-four finish.
Saturday's goalless draw at Chelsea extended Spurs' winless league run to five matches but it saw them pick up their most crucial point of the season thanks to arguably their most disciplined away performance.
Champions League qualification – for so long appeared a foregone conclusion but which they almost conspired to throw away in the last month – is very much Tottenham's to lose again.
Aim: Rafael van der Vaart is determined to help Tottenham have a fine end to the season
Fourth-placed Spurs comfortably maintained their five-point lead over Chelsea with just eight games remaining of a run-in that looks easier on paper than their rivals'.
Tottenham can also rub salt into Chelsea's wounds by beating them to a place in the FA Cup final, but first they must get past Bolton in what is bound to be an emotional re-run of the abandoned quarter-final.
'We want to end in the top four and win the FA Cup – it would be great,' said Van der Vaart, who is relishing a big end to the season for Harry Redknapp's men, especially the prospect of his first trip to Wembley.
'It would be a dream, especially at Wembley. For me, it's going to be the first time. So, let's win Tuesday and then get Chelsea.'
Van der Vaart, 29, missed out on a first appearance at the national stadium last month when injury ruled him out of Holland's friendly victory over England.
But he would be delighted to make his bow there in a competition that is as famous in his homeland as anywhere else.
'The FA Cup is massive, especially the cup final,' he said.
Scramble: Van der Vaart admits he should have scored against the Blues
'It's massive in Holland as well. It's still a long way to go but it's just two games and you're in the final.'
Winning the cup and qualifying for the Champions League would arguably equate to one of Tottenham's best ever seasons.
They could have all but sealed the first part of their mission yesterday had Emmanuel Adebayor and Van der Vaart not missed virtual open goals at Stamford Bridge.
Van der Vaart said: 'We had a few great chances, including me. I think, twice, I have to score.
'I was disappointed but that's life for a football player. Sometimes, you miss.
'I think we deserved more than a point but, at the end, a point gives us confidence for the next few games.'
That includes Tuesday's cup tie at White Hart Lane, which will be played just 10 days after the trauma of Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest there.
Difficult: Van der Vaart (right) knows the FA Cup replay against Bolton will be an emotionally testing affair
Replay: The FA Cup game will be played on Tuesday
Van der Vaart admitted the occasion against Owen Coyle's side would be 'difficult' for both sets of players, adding: 'I'm happy that the boy's getting better and better and that's a good thing.
'Muamba is still in Bolton's hearts and ours as well. It's a game we want to win and we have to win.'
An emotional Redknapp added: 'We're all just so pleased at what has happened.
'We don't want to get ahead of ourselves with Fabrice but, from where we were last Saturday to where we are now is just a miracle. It's a miracle.
'When you saw that boy go up that tunnel – and I spoke to my club doctor – he was gone, he was gone.
'I think we are felt that he wasn't going to make the night or wasn't going to make the hospital.
'When he's out of hospital, it'll be amazing. It's almost a miracle that his heart can stop for that long and he comes round.
'He said to Owen, 'Where'd you get that tie from, gaffer' He had a club tie on.
'It's not supposed to happen, is it, when you see what the medical people say
'We want to play Tuesday night and both teams are going to want to try to win, obviously.'