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Harry ready for tough test

Posted on 27 January 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp has seen first-hand what Stoke are capable of bringing to the table at the Lane tonight.

Harry ready for tough test

Harry Redknapp has seen first-hand what Stoke are capable of bringing to the table at the Lane tonight.

The manager was at Stamford Bridge on January 17 to watch the Potters as they held a 1-0 lead against Chelsea until goals from Juliano Belletti and Frank Lampard inside the final three minutes turned it around.

Stoke have yet to win away - three draws, eight defeats - but their fine form at home means they are in the mix with five other clubs, including us, on 21 points. They've beaten Villa, Arsenal and drawn with Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium as well as beating us back in October.

"It's an important game for us - every league game is and it's big game for Stoke as they are down there as well," said Harry.

"It will be tough because they've done very well, Tony Pulis has done a great job there and made them difficult to beat.

"I watched them play Liverpool at Stoke recently and they were excellent, they could have beaten them and I was at Chelsea as well when they led 1-0 until the last three or four minutes.

"The long throws are a big threat and everyone struggles to deal with them but hopefully we won't give away too many long throws, we'll get hold of the ball and play in their half.

"We need to play well to win but we're capable of that and hopefully we'll pick up the three points.

"These are important games at this stage of the season. It's important we have a good run. If you have a good run you can lift yourselves up the table so that's what we have to try to do."

HIGHLIGHTS of Harry's press conference are now available to subscribers on Spurs TV Online - CLICK HERE...