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Forward thinking

Posted on 27 November 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp insists his side are not still living in dreamland following last weekend's 9-1 win over Wigan and are ready and raring to go again at Aston Villa on Saturday.

Harry Redknapp insists his side are not still living in dreamland following last weekend's 9-1 win over Wigan and are ready and raring to go again at Aston Villa on Saturday.

The manager admits Spurs Lodge has been a great place to work since our demolition job on the Latics at the Lane last Sunday, but that result has not been the focus for either him or the players since then.

A trip to Villa Park to face a side currently representing the biggest threat to our top four status - lying three points behind us in the table - kicks off a busy, and potentially pivotal, eight day period for us.

So only forward-thinking is required, meaning nobody from the side that beat Wigan is necessarily guaranteed a place in the side on Saturday.

Harry explained: "It's been a good week but, in this game, you don't get much time to enjoy a result. As soon as one game's over, you're thinking about the next game.

"Last Sunday night driving back from the game, I was thinking about Aston Villa - that's the way it is.

"And we've got a tough week ahead with Villa on Saturday, a Carling Cup tie at Manchester United during the week, and Everton next Sunday.

"So I won't even have to discuss last weekend with the players. They've looked sharp in training all week and they've been buzzing because they obviously enjoyed last weekend and how well they played.

"But we all know it's a tough game this weekend so we'll all just be concentrating on Villa. No matter what the result last weekend, it would never be any easy game against them.

"Of course it's possible for me to make changes because this is a different game. Winning games at home requires something very different to getting results away."

And Harry is full of respect for Martin O'Neill's Villa side, who are proving once again they are a force to be reckoned with this season.

He added: "They definitely look stronger this year. They're a good counter-attacking side with the pace they've got in Agbonlahor, Milner, Young and Carew up front.

"I think Martin made some good signings in the summer, especially the three defenders he brought in - Dunne, Collins and Warnock.

"Martin's a good guy and a top manager. His record was fantastic at Leicester, where he did a great job, and then on to Celtic and then Villa where he's carried on that work again.

"There will be a great atmosphere at Villa Park but I've gone there in recent seasons and had some good victories with Portsmouth and last season with Spurs. Let's hope we can do the same tomorrow.

"This will be an evenly matched game between two teams trying to get into Europe this season and two teams that are both on form."