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Harry's programme notes

Posted on 24 October 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 STOKE, OCTOBER 24, 2009

Results have gone great for us of late.

I was well pleased with the performance and the five goals we put past Burnley in our last fixture here at the Lane. We played well, created plenty of opportunities - every time we pushed forward we looked dangerous.

We have played two away games against Bolton Wanderers and Portsmouth since and I honestly felt that had we been involved in those games a year or so ago we would have crumbled.

We came back twice against Bolton to claim a deserved point and then when we went down to ten men at Portsmouth we had to weather a late storm, but the lads stood firm and it says a lot about the character of this team that we were able to cope in both situations.

We are an attacking team capable of scoring goals from any position on the pitch - every outfield player who has started our last two games has now scored this season and that is important. Our aim is to go and attack at every stadium that we play. We will not go anywhere and try to play a negative game; we will have a go because that is the way I want us to play.

The Reebok Stadium and Fratton Park are tough places to go but then there are no easy games in this division judging by how the Premier League has panned out so far this season.

Harry's notes

This is a year where suddenly the top teams are getting beaten occasionally. You only have to look at last weekend - Wigan claimed a point against Manchester City, Chelsea lost against Aston Villa and Sunderland beat Liverpool.

There are some decent teams around now who, on their day, can knock the better teams over. It is a real tough division this year and no side will be a pushover. Manchester City, Everton, Aston Villa and ourselves are all looking strong. It is certainly going to be an interesting season.

It has been a terrific start for us but now we need to keep it going, take each game as it comes, not get ahead of ourselves and see where it takes us.

This afternoon we welcome Tony Pulis and his Stoke City side to White Hart Lane. Tony worked with me during my time at Bournemouth. He did a fantastic job for me as a player there and was part of the side that won the old Third Division title, earning promotion to what is now known as the Championship for the first time in their history.

Tony was a midfielder for me back then and later became my assistant at Dean Court. I always knew he would go on to be a terrific manager and he has proven that with his work at the Britannia Stadium.

He could not have a better group of guys working with him either. Their First Team Coach Mark O'Connor played in that same championship-winning side for me at Bournemouth as a left winger, Peter Reid is another good friend of mine who was recently installed as Assistant Manager, while their Director of Football John Rudge played alongside me during my playing days at Bournemouth.

I know the chairman Peter Coates well too. He is a lovely man who has done a great job there and given Tony terrific support.

I feel Stoke are in for a great season. It is a club with great tradition and now they are back in the top-flight I think they are here to stay for a long time.

Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of Bill Nicholson's passing. I was fortunate enough to know Bill. He was the most fantastic football manager. He was Mr Tottenham and he will always be a special person in the history of this club for what he achieved here.

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of everyone at the Club to emphasise our support for this year's Kick it Out's ‘One game, One Community' initiative. It is up to us all to set a positive example and do everything we can to challenge inequality. I am sure that we can count on all our fans to support the activities the Club have organised today as part of our day of action.

Enjoy the match.