RUBIN KAZAN OFFICIAL PROGRAMME, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20
Harry Redknapp's exclusive column...
It was an important win for us against Arsenal last time out here at White Hart Lane and always satisfying to win a big local derby.
Beating one of the teams that I think are going to be up there challenging us for a top four place is always a bonus and it was obviously a fantastic day for our supporters.
In the first half they had more of the possession but we got the goal and went in one-up at half-time.
We were the better team after the break, we had all the chances and could have won by a bigger margin but overall it was a fantastic performance and I am delighted that we secured the three points to make it four wins on the bounce.
We would have loved to have extended that run of wins further against Newcastle United last Sunday. St James’ Park is always a tough place to go, they are unbeaten this season, but I felt we got in a great position to finish them off.
At 2-1 up with five minutes remaining you are looking for three points but we couldn’t nick another goal and they ultimately snatched an equaliser.
In the main, though, we have maintained our good run, we’re bang in form and picked up some excellent wins along the way, particularly against sides that we failed to beat in the same fixtures last season.
That successful run resulted in me being named Barclay’s Manager of the Month for September and although it is always nice to win an award, it is the players that have produced the scorelines of late. We managed to have a good month in September and I am hoping that we can make October the same.
This evening we welcome Rubin Kazan to the Lane as we resume our Europa League campaign.
Rubin are a strong side and it was only two seasons ago that they took four points off of Barcelona in the Champions League group stages, including coming away with a win from the Nou Camp.
I certainly think they will be one of the strongest teams in the Europa League this season but we believe we can beat anyone at home and we will be aiming to do that again tonight in order to enhance our prospects of progressing to the knockout stages of this competition.
Finally, I would like to extend a special welcome to the local traders, residents and staff from Haringey Council and members of the emergency services invited to the game tonight as part of the Club's continued commitment to helping those in the Tottenham area affected by August’s disturbances.
I hope everyone enjoys the game.