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Harry full of optimism

Posted on 23 September 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp is delighted with the way we are shaping up after back-to-back Premier League victories going into Saturday’s trip to Wigan.

Harry Redknapp is delighted with the way we are shaping up after back-to-back Premier League victories going into Saturday’s trip to Wigan.

The manager admits we were brimming with belief going into last Sunday’s 4-0 win over Liverpool having defeated Wolves away from home the weekend before.

Combined with a well-earned goalless draw against PAOK in the Europa League and a hard-fought match in the Carling Cup at Stoke in midweek, which ended in a penalty shoot-out loss, we have now gone nearly 400 minutes without conceding since those early season defeats at the hands of the Manchester sides.

Key players such as Sandro and Rafael van der Vaart are now fit again, with Aaron Lennon and William Gallas among those progressing, leaving Harry full of optimism.

In Friday’s pre-match press conference, he said: “We were very confident that we would win against Liverpool. We had a great result at Wolves and I could sense that we were starting to believe.

“We’ve kept four clean sheets in a row now, which has been good on the back of a couple of heavy defeats.

“Now we are much stronger and in those first 30 minutes against Liverpool we were fantastic. We were much the better team from start to finish.

“We have players like Sandro and Rafa coming back from injury, along with a few others, so when the squad is fit we have a very good squad and a good team. We have a chance of doing very well again this season.”

But Wigan are our next test at the DW Stadium, and Harry is full of respect for the side managed by Roberto Martinez and the Lancashire club as a whole.

He added: “I like the manager. I think he is fantastic. He is a great manager, a young manager who has a great future. I like the way he plays, the way he gets his teams playing football.

“The chairman there, Dave Whelan, is excellent, a real football man. He’s put his money in to Wigan and has taken them to where they are now.”

Highlights from Friday's press conference at Spurs Lodge are now available on Spurs TV Online...