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Harry's programme notes

Posted on 6 February 2010  - 12:00

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

Harry's programme notes

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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I was delighted that we were able to secure the three points against Fulham last time out at the Lane, particularly on the back of a couple of games here where we have dominated but have been denied victory by sides that have battled hard and who have had goalkeepers in great form. It was a great display last Wednesday and we thoroughly deserved it.

We played ever so well at Birmingham City last week, too. I thought it was a terrific away performance against a side that had only suffered one defeat in 16 games.

A point at St Andrews is normally a good result when you consider the form they have been showing but we dominated the game and looked solid. When you are that close to winning and played as well as we had it was obviously disappointing not to get the win in the end. It is one of those things.

We have got late goals as well this year, including when we beat Birmingham at home in August in the final seconds, so perhaps it all evens out in the end.

We did what we had to do against Leeds United on Wednesday to ensure we progressed in the FA Cup and I couldn't have asked for more. People went to Elland Road expecting a cup upset but it didn't happen.

I even heard somebody describe us as southern softies before the game because we wouldn't like the cold weather but when we keep passing the ball to each other the way we did it is not a problem.


We were strong, we were solid and we competed. Everybody who came in showed a good attitude and did a good job.

We have got a chance in the cup this year but we have a tough game against Bolton Wanderers to come now and there are still a lot of good teams left in the competition.

However, we are in great form, one defeat in 11 games, you can't ask much more.

Monday saw the closing of the transfer window and although it might be exciting for media and the supporters, from a manager's point of view I don't think we could wait for the end to arrive.

It is a problem keeping so many international players happy when they are used to playing but then find they are not in the team on a regular basis. That is why we allowed the likes of Robbie Keane, Kyle Naughton, Giovani, Jamie O'Hara and Alan Hutton to go out on loan in order to give them that opportunity to play.

I am delighted that we were able to bring in Younes Kaboul and Eidur Gudjohnsen during the January window.

I tried to take Younes to Portsmouth before he came to Tottenham originally but I missed out on him then. I think he has matured and is a better player now. He has everything to be a top player and I believe he could still make the France World Cup squad.

Eidur can play in several different positions and I can remember when we played against him in the Wembley Cup in pre-season. I thought he was fantastic. He has got a great footballing brain and will be a terrific character to have around the place.

I am pleased to welcome them to the Club and both are available for tonight's fixture as we welcome Martin O'Neill's Aston Villa to White Hart Lane.

Martin is a good guy and a great manager. He has carried his good work on from Leicester City and Celtic at Villa and has put a strong team together there.

It will certainly be a tough game but a real big one for both sides in terms of getting into those Champions League places. Man City have put themselves in a good position, Liverpool are bang in there too so it is tight.

Every game is a big game but it is great that we find ourselves in this situation. We are in a much different position to where we were this time last year and it is brilliant to be up there at the top end of the table.

Today's match is being dedicated to SOS Children's World Orphan Week campaign. SOS Children, the Club's global charity partner, provides a family for life for children who have lost their parents through war, famine, disease, natural disaster and poverty.

I along with the rest of the management team and all the First Team players have backed the campaign by each signing up to sponsor an orphan in one of three countries - Haiti, South Africa and China. The devastation following the earthquake in Haiti is terrible and so many children have been left orphaned. SOS Children are working hard there as well as elsewhere around the world to make the lives of orphaned children better. The Club has strong connections to SOS Children's Villages in China, following our pre-season trip to Beijing, and also in South Africa where we have been supporting the charity since 2007 having built an orphan house in Rustenburg.

Volunteers are collecting at the game today and any donations are greatly appreciated. It's a fantastic charity and a great cause.

Enjoy the game.