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Harry's programme notes

Posted on 2 January 2010  - 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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I am really proud of the way the lads are playing right now and the effort and quality they have all been putting in. We are in great form - 10 points from a tough run of games around the Christmas period and four straight clean sheets.

I thought a draw was a fair scoreline at Fulham on Boxing Day. It was an even game with both goalkeepers being forced to make a couple of vital saves.

Craven Cottage is not an easy place to go especially after Manchester United were well beaten there two weeks ago. It was a good point for us after two excellent wins against Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers. Seven points is a great return, I feel, from those three fixtures.

I made four changes for the game against West Ham on the back of that tough game against Fulham just two days earlier.

We are fortunate to have the luxury of being able to bring in strong players that don't weaken our side. We are full of good players all over the park so whoever comes into the side we can replace quality with quality.

I always felt we were in control of the game on Monday and that demonstrates the strength of our squad - we have good options and they are all playing well.

It was a match we dominated and played some great stuff, particularly in the second half where we really opened them up and eventually got that second goal to make the game safe.

We are always going to create plenty of chances because we are such an open attacking team, but what has also pleased me over the last few weeks is that we have managed four straight shutouts.

We have defended well. The back four and the goalkeeper have been excellent and everyone has worked hard as a unit so that is good.


We have had a great start to the season in what is possibly the most open league in a long time. We are in good shape and we must now take that form into the second half of this season in order to finish as high as we possibly can.

This afternoon we turn our attention to the FA Cup as we welcome Mark Cooper's Peterborough United to White Hart Lane. They are a club with a great cup tradition over the years, they have always been known as true cup fighters. It will be a tough match - there are no easy games in the FA Cup, that's for sure.

It has been a difficult season for Peterborough having done incredibly well to achieve promotion to the Championship following back-to-back promotions from League Two. They clearly have tremendous spirit, as was demonstrated by that amazing fightback on Monday in coming from four goals down at half-time to get a draw against Cardiff City.

I know Barry Fry, their Director of Football, well and he's a real character, so we are all looking forward to today.

It would be great to have a cup run. We will give it everything we've got to try to put one together this year but we have to make sure we progress past Peterborough first.

Enjoy the game.