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Redknapp: “Big result”.
Harry Redknapp was delighted with his team’s ‘big result’ against Aston Villa yesterday. There had been fears that Spurs would struggle after their Champions League victory over FC Twente and they went a goal down when Marc Albrighton opened the scoring for Gerard Houllier’s men. A Rafael van der Vaart brace, however, won the game for the North Londoners. Speaking to Sky Sports after the 2-1 victory, Redknapp revealed: “It was a big result for us. Coming into the game we had problems at the back. Ledley King failed a fitness test this morning which was a big blow for us. I switched Tom Huddlestone back there and they started very well. They were so dangerous on the break, so quick, and we were a little bit open. We got back into the game right on half-time, van der Vaart scored and then I changed the system at half-time. I think it worked very well and I thought we were better second half, we were stronger than them second half.”
Crouch happy with VDV partnership.
Having already scored four goals in three home appearances for Spurs, Rafael van der Vaart is quickly becoming a fans’ favourite at White Hart Lane and there was lots of praise for him after yesterday’s victory over Aston Villa. Harry Redknapp singled him out for plaudits, stating: “Rafael was excellent again. He’s started well. He’s going great, he’ll get fitter as it goes but he’s a good footballer. The fans always like a great player.” According to talkSPORT, Peter Crouch also admitted he loves playing alongside the Dutchman: “ He’s a top-class player and playing with someone like that seems to make my job easier obviously he’s reading the flick ons and he got a couple of goals today and the fans love him here already. It’s fantastic playing with someone like that. He seems to read those flick ons and balls so well. He could have had another one today, and in midweek he got one and in training we’ve struck up quite a good partnership.”
Gold angry at Spurs stadium bid.
According to the Daily Star , West Ham co-chairman David Gold has hit out at Spurs, calling their bid for the Olympic Stadium ‘ludicrous’. The Hammers’ joint bid for the stadium with Newham Council was handed in to 10 Downing Street on Thursday but Tottenham also surprisingly registered their interest, even though they had planning permission for a new 56,250 seater stadium approved on Thursday night. Gold reportedly has warned Spurs they are not welcome in East London and he declared: “Is it a ludicrous idea? It sounds like it to me. They have just got planning permission to build a new stadium. So what are they going to do, have one stadium for when it’s sunny and another for when it’s raining?”
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