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Harry's programme notes

Posted on 28 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 NOTES v WEST HAM, DECEMBER 28

We enjoyed a good week leading up to Christmas with two terrific results in different circumstances against Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers.

It was important that we bounced back after the disappointment of the Wolves game, even though I felt we didn't play badly against them.

We put in a fantastic performance against Manchester City for 90 minutes and I couldn't have asked for more. We did everything right.

I thought the work-rate, the passing, the closing down, the movement and the goals were all top-class against an extremely good City side who had only suffered one defeat previous to that all season. It was a great night and a great atmosphere at White Hart Lane.

I would say that along with the Liverpool game on the opening day of the season it was the best performance of the campaign when you take into account the quality of the teams. They are two top teams and we thoroughly deserved both wins so that was terrific.

I was pleased to see Niko Kranjcar get two goals too. He has been in fantastic form since he arrived here and I have been delighted with his performances as I was with the whole team that night.

The win at Blackburn was a different kind of game. It wasn't like the free flowing football that we had played against Man City but it was three more terrific points and a second straight clean sheet.

It was a slog and it was tough. Ewood Park is never an easy place to go and achieve a result. The conditions were difficult with sleet coming down throughout. It wasn't conducive to great football. It was the type of game that Tottenham have lost in the past. Sometimes you have to scrap and we did that in order to earn a great result.

Hopefully we can carry on this run this afternoon as we welcome Gianfranco Zola and his West Ham team to White Hart Lane. It is a London derby and these fixtures are always special occasions.

Gianfranco has endured a difficult season so far this year, losing several key players to injury, as well as Dean Ashton sadly being forced into retirement. Overall I think since Gianfranco started out at Upton Park, the football he has played has been top-class.

Everybody I speak to who has worked with him has nothing but good things to say about him and I certainly wish him and West Ham every success after today's game.

The most important thing for me now is making sure Tottenham do well. We have got to continue picking up results as we are and playing the football I know we are capable of. We have got an attacking team that plays great football and we are a pleasure to watch. I am proud to manage such a good team that can play the way we are at the moment.

There have been some amazing results this year, which is why it is such an open division. The top teams are losing games they weren't in previous years. Although I am writing these notes prior to our Boxing Day clash against Fulham, to be coming into this stage of the campaign where we are demonstrates we have enjoyed a good first half of the season.

Hopefully we can continue to earn points at this rate in order to keep ourselves up there and pushing for a European place in 2010.

On behalf of everybody at Tottenham Hotspur I would like to wish you all a happy and, more importantly, healthy New Year.

I look forward to seeing you all again back here at the Lane next year.