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Benoit on the Harry effect

Posted on 15 May 2009  - 12:00

Benoit Assou-Ekotto has told our official matchday programme about the major impact Harry Redknapp's arrival had both on him personally and on the squad as a whole.

Benoit on the Harry effect

Benoit Assou-Ekotto has told our official matchday programme about the major impact Harry Redknapp's arrival had both on him personally and on the squad as a whole.

With his knee injury now firmly behind him, Benoit has played a big part in the season which started slowly but has developed into one of relative success, with the possibility of European football next season still very much on the cards despite being bottom of the league early in the campaign.

"It was difficult to start with and we didn't play well, but Harry is a fantastic manager and has been really good for my development as a player," said Benoit.

"The good thing about him is he understands the players and their mentality, and the players respect him. He keeps things simple and we respond to that, as has been shown on the pitch over the second half of the season.

"When you are down at the bottom of the table and struggling, it is all about confidence.

"If you win a few home games, then win away from home, you get stronger as a team and your confidence starts to grow, which is what happened after Harry came in.

"Our spirit grew, we played well and results started to go our way. We are now looking towards Europe and that gives us a spur in these last two games. It would be a great achievement if we made it."

Manchester City - also after that seventh spot - provide tough opposition for our final home match of the campaign but Benoit insists the players will be trying to go out on a high.

"It will be a difficult game as our opponents have some strong players, but I'm not afraid of anyone and will go out and play my normal game.

"We want to leave the fans with smiles on their faces."

You can read Benoit's exclusive interview in full in Saturday's official matchday programme...

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JERMAIN DEFOE - The livewire striker takes the Home & Away Q&A.

UEFA CUP ANNIVERSARY - 25 years on, we reflect on that wonderful night when we lifted the UEFA Cup at the Lane.

GREATEST MOMENTS - We've reached number one - can you guess what it is?

FLASHBACK - 1967 FA Cup Final goalscorer Jimmy Robertson on what made him tick.

SPURS ART - Gary Mabbutt completes a season's worth of sketches from renowned artist and Spurs fan Paul Trevillion.

ALL THE LATEST NEWS - From our reserves, Academy and all around the Club.

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