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'We had to go for it'

Posted on 20 November 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp said there was nothing else in his mind but to 'go for broke' in the second half as we completed a famous comeback victory at Arsenal on Saturday.

'We had to go for it'

Harry Redknapp said there was nothing else in his mind but to 'go for broke' in the second half as we completed a famous comeback victory at Arsenal on Saturday.

Trailing 2-0 at half-time, the manager introduced fit-again Jermain Defoe for Aaron Lennon for the second half and switched from a 4-4-1-1 system to 4-4-2, with JD partnering Roman Pavlyuchenko up front and Rafael van der Vaart moving out wide.

It worked a treat. An early goal from Gareth Bale brought us back into the game, van der Vaart levelled from the penalty spot after 67 minutes and Younes Kaboul completed the turn around with the winner, glancing home with five minutes remaining.

Van der Vaart also set-up Bale's goal, took the free-kick that led to the penalty and whipped in the free-kick for Kaboul's winner.

Spurs fans will hardly need reminding that it was our first win away at Arsenal since 1993 and ended a run of 68 matches without a win at the home of a 'top four' club.

"We started with an open team, played with two wingers and we got outnumbered in the middle of the park in the first half," said Harry.

"Our wide men were stuck out wide and they played through us.

"We had to go for it. It was half-time and it was a case of getting beaten four or five or trying to get a goal back and making game of it. That's what we did.

"We stuck two up front, van der Vaart on the right and he's a forward player really, he's not going to defend too much for you, and we were still open, but we needed a goal.

"Luckily we got that goal at the right time. We scored early and that brought us back into the game.

"In the end it was a great result to come here and pick up three points after being 2-0 down. It was a great comeback, a fantastic achievement."