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Harry's programme notes

Posted on 13 December 2008  - 12:00

As part of our matchday build-up for home games, we publish Harry Redknapp's column direct from the matchday programme.

Harry's programme notes

As part of our matchday build-up for home games, we publish Harry Redknapp's column direct from the matchday programme.

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HARRY'S PROGRAMME NOTES v UNITED, DECEMBER 13

We have picked up a couple of great results in our last two fixtures since our last match here at White Hart Lane.

It was tremendous that we were able to go to West Ham last Monday and achieve three valuable points, as well as a clean sheet. It showed we are not a soft touch on the road and can secure results.

It was a big game. The win has given us a lift, following the setback against Everton in our previous league match, to move us up the table and edge us ever so slightly further away from the pack at the bottom as well as keeping us within touching distance of the clubs above us.

A point is often viewed as a good result when travelling away from home and at the start of the game it would not have been a bad outcome at Upton Park when you consider they were unbeaten in three and had not conceded a goal for a month.

I didn't feel the same at half time, though. I said to the players that I felt that we could raise our game because the three points were there for us to take.

Overall, in the first 45 minutes I felt we were the better team. Luka Modric had a great chance in the opening minutes, their goalkeeper Robert Green then pulled off a tremendous save from David Bentley and we also hit the post, so I always believed the game was there for us to win. It was important the team felt the same way and they proved that with their display in the second half.

I was delighted with the players; they passed the ball well and created lots of chances to earn a well-deserved victory.

In the previous week we also achieved a good win against Watford in the League Cup. After they took the lead we got on top and in the end it proved a case of sticking our chances away to book our place in the semi-final where we will now wait to meet Burnley.

They are a side in good form and we cannot afford to take them lightly seeing as they have already knocked out Fulham, Chelsea and Arsenal to make it this far.

When you get this close to a trophy you want to go all the way and win it, which is why this competition is one of my two main priorities at the moment along with continuing to accumulate precious league points.

We have some tough fixtures coming up but the three points at Upton Park mean we now come into this fixture with Manchester United in good heart.

I would like to welcome Alex Ferguson and his team to White Hart Lane this evening. An encounter with Manchester United is always a big occasion and should be a highlight in any side's season. It is a fantastic football club with a great manager.

What people do not realise about Alex is that there is no other manager in the country that gives up more of his time to young managers; he is always there for everybody. If there is a young manager who wants to call him up then he is always accessible. He is a major player within the League Manager's Association and a great ambassador for us all.

I have come up against Alex so many times over the years and I always look forward to seeing him. He is a great football man, who can tell you everything that is happening in every division. He is a lover of the game. I think we both have that in common and that is why he has lasted as long as he has.

I hope you enjoy this evening's match.

Harry's notes