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Positives for Harry

Posted on 28 November 2008  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp had plenty of plus-points to ponder after Thursday night's UEFA Cup victory over NEC Nijmegen.

Positives for Harry

Harry Redknapp had plenty of plus-points to ponder after Thursday night's UEFA Cup victory over NEC Nijmegen.

First and foremost, the victory at the Dutch Eredivisie's McDos Goffertstadion all-but books a place in the knockout stages of the competition.

Jamie O'Hara struck the only goal of the game in the 14th minute, following in to head home the rebound after Fraizer Campbell's effort from Gareth Bale's cross struck the underside of the crossbar.

We had the better of a scrappy encounter with Heurelho Gomes only really forced into one save of note in the first half.

His display was one of a number of highlights for Harry. "I thought once we got in front we were comfortable," he said afterwards.

"We were nice and solid at the back, it was another clean sheet and with what he had to do, Gomes looked very assured. A couple of clean sheets won't have hurt him and I think his confidence is coming back.

"It was great to see Jamie score the goal and he worked hard. Zokora was excellent as well, he covered the ground and he's a great professional.

"We also managed to get a couple of the kids (Jon Obika, Ryan Mason) on for their Tottenham debuts, so that was good as well.

"Winning is a good habit and I think six points should be plenty."

We now top Group D with those six points and only one club - Glasgow Rangers - have failed to progress to the knockout stages with that total since groups were introduced in 2004-05. That covers 32 groups contested in four seasons.

However, we can clear any doubt by taking a point against Spartak Moscow in our final group game at the Lane on December 18.

In Thursday night's other action, Spartak Moscow beat Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 in Croatia.

Group D now reads as follows...
Tottenham played 3/6 points
Udinese 2/6
Spartak Moscow 2/3
Dinamo Zagreb 3/3
NEC 2/0