Jamie Redknapp saluted the performance of debut making Philip Ifil following an assured display against Liverpool on Saturday.
The 17-year-old Academy prospect was drafted in to face the skipper's former club after the departure of Stephen Carr and injury to Mauricio Taricco. Jamie, who also operated down the right flank said Philip should be feeling very proud of his contribution.
"I'm so pleased," said Jamie. "I played on the right with him and it wasn't easy, but he did so well for his debut. I told him he should be really proud of himself, it was a fantastic day for him to make his debut against Liverpool. To play so well too, he has got to be proud."
Jamie also paid tribute to the White Hart Lane crowd for their incredible backing on the day and new boy Noureddine Naybet, who stepped straight in after only receiving clearance to play on Friday evening.
"We were pleased, the crowd got right behind us and keep going with us. I think they saw we were having a go. We deserved something in the end, it was a good point and, if anyone was going to win it, it might have been us.
"Naybet came in after just one training session and what an experienced player! I am delighted for him and I think he is going to be a good player for us this year.
"We've got to keep going now, play as a team and I think we'll be alright this season."