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Rafael feeling at home

Posted on 13 September 2010  - 12:00

Rafael van der Vaart says he feels right at home less than a week into his new life at Spurs.

Rafael feeling at home

Rafael van der Vaart says he feels right at home less than a week into his new life at Spurs.

Our transfer deadline day capture from Real Madrid and fellow new arrival William Gallas made their debuts in Saturday's 1-1 draw at West Brom.

Playing behind lone striker Roman Pavlyuchenko in a 4-4-1-1 system, Rafael certainly looked at home on the pitch as we dominated the first half.

He was heavily involved as we kept possession for long periods and set-up an early chance for Aaron Lennon before providing the cross that led to Luka Modric opening the scoring.

West Brom managed to equalise just before the break and Rafael created our best chance for Gareth Bale in the second half, saved by Scott Carson.

The home side grew in stature though and in the end we had to thank Carlo Cudicini for a couple of fine saves as we held on for a point.

"I really enjoyed it," said Rafael. "It was a good first game, I played 90 minutes and it was just a pity we didn't win the game.

"I was a little tired at the end but I gave everything and overall, I thought it was a good day.

"We were much the better team in the first half and normally we'd score one or two goals more.

"West Brom played a good second half and in the end 1-1 was okay.

"My first game was never going to be easy but this is a great team with great players and they are all great guys as well, so I feel at home right away."