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Patience the key for Harry

Posted on 15 January 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp has urged his players not to let doubts creep in if things don't go our way during what he expects will be a tough encounter against Hull City on Saturday.

Harry Redknapp has urged his players not to let doubts creep in if things don't go our way during what he expects will be a tough encounter against Hull City on Saturday.

We welcome the Tigers to the Lane as clear favourites, sitting in the middle of a five-game unbeaten run eight points off the top of the Premier League table, while our visitors sit second bottom having gone seven games without a win in all competitions.

But as we have found out in home defeats against Stoke and Wolves already this season, being favourites counts for little when important points are up for grabs for both teams.

And manager Harry knows his opposite number Phil Brown will be sending out a side determined to drag themselves out of trouble.

In Friday's press conference, Harry said: "Phil gets his side so well organised and gets everything he's capable of getting out of his players.

"I watched their last league game at home to Manchester United (1-3) and they played well and could easily have got something out of that game.

"They will come here and work hard because they're scrapping for every point - but so are we because we want to stay within that top group.

"Sometimes these games against teams that are down there can be more difficult because if it doesn't start happening for us after 15-20 minutes then fans can get a little bit edgy and that relates to the players.

"You've got to keep your nerve and be patient, continuing to play the football that you know can win the game for you. If we do that, we'll be ok.

"It won't be easy but if we play the way we can by moving the ball around the park like we do then we're a good team and difficult to beat."

Despite recent adverse weather conditions resulting in the cancellation of our trip to Liverpool last Sunday, as well as interrupting training sessions, Harry insists his players are well prepared for the Hull clash.

He added: "This week has been ok. The groundstaff have done a great job in clearing the pitches at the training ground, which are in great condition anyway.

"We also have an indoor facility where we've been able to train so the lads have all been working hard and they're ready for Saturday.

"We're in good shape and I don't think we've been adversely affected by the break. Even out in training this morning we were knocking the ball about and looking good."

Highlights of Harry's pre-Hull press conference is now available on Spurs TV Online - along with exclusive player interviews, training footage, and FA Youth Cup highlights.

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