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Harry's programme notes

Posted on 16 December 2009  - 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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HARRY'S PROGRAMME NOTES v CITY, DECEMEBER 16

It was a frustrating afternoon on Saturday against Wolves and we were all obviously disappointed with the final result but you can't overreact to getting beaten.

It certainly wasn't through lack of effort from our players part - we had an awful lot of the ball but the early goal gave them something to cling on to. They didn't have to come at us after that, they could just sit in and we couldn't unlock the door.

You have days when it goes your way and some days when it doesn't, the important thing now is that we pick ourselves up and move on. What's happened has happened.

There are surprise results in football every week, just look at the scores from the weekend. It shows you how difficult it is to win football matches in this league - nobody has a divine right to beat anybody else.

The Premier League looks much more open this year at the top, there is not much between the leading sides. It's going to be tight but I am confident we will get into Europe. Time will tell whether that will be the Champions League or the Europa League.

It was good to see Luka Modric back playing. Half an hour against Wolves was probably the most we could have expected from him. It will take him a little bit more time to get him fully fit but he is a great player and he will get there.

This evening we welcome Mark Hughes and his Manchester City side to White Hart Lane. Mark has put together an incredible side, they are full of good players and you wouldn't swap them for too many. I certainly wouldn't write them off to achieve anything this year.

It is a big match for both sides. I think it will be a real open game because they will come here and have a real go at us. They will believe they can come away with all three points but we have enough quality in our side to ensure they leave here tonight disappointed.

As we will not be back at the Lane now for almost a fortnight I would like to end my notes by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. I hope everybody stays safe and gets the opportunity to enjoy themselves and relax with their families over the festive period. If you are going to have a drink though, leave the car at home.

Enjoy the game.