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Harry's notes

Posted on 17 April 2010  - 12:00

As part of our build-up to home games, we publish Harry Redknapp's exclusive column from our official matchday programme.

As part of our build-up to home games, we publish Harry Redknapp's exclusive column from our official matchday programme.

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We responded in ideal fashion to last Sunday's disappointment at Wembley with a great result to claim a vital three points against Arsenal on Wednesday.

To lift ourselves after going out at the semi-final stage of the FA Cup and turn in a performance like that says so much about the character of the players we have at this Club. They have been fantastic all year. We had all been low after Sunday but we picked ourselves up, came out three days later and worked our socks off.

We have been on a great run lately but to play like we did after a draining day out at Wembley was fantastic.

It was a true North London derby - really competitive but played in good spirit. The crowd wanted to beat Arsenal more than anything and they were right behind us and the players responded. We hung in there late on when we came under pressure and Heurelho Gomes made some excellent saves.

There were some outstanding performances and everyone played their part. It was an amazing strike from young Danny Rose, a great volley, and I am sure he will never forget that on his full Premier League debut, that's for sure. Everybody put a shift in.

That's six wins from our last seven Premier League games now and keeps us in contention for a Champions League place. Aston Villa drawing with Everton on the night was a good result for us too.


Manchester City are obviously in the driving seat right now but they would have faced a stern test earlier today in the Manchester derby and hopefully Man United have done us a favour there. We are still on track and I believe we have a lot to look forward to before the end of the season.

We welcome Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea to White Hart Lane this afternoon in what will be another difficult game against a strong side who I feel are now on course for their first Premier League title since 2006.

They faced a tough game against Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday but came away with the win to open up a four-point lead at the top and I would think they are favourites to go all the way now.

We can go into this fixture with confidence after beating Arsenal and I am sure the crowd will be with us again just like they were in midweek.

Enjoy the game.