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Win all that mattered - Harry

Posted on 1 May 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp insisted three points were all-important after a few nerves were left frayed on our way to a crucial 1-0 win against Bolton at the Lane on Saturday.

Win all that mattered - Harry

Harry Redknapp insisted three points were all-important after a few nerves were left frayed on our way to a crucial 1-0 win against Bolton at the Lane on Saturday.

The manager spoke for all Spurs fans when he admitted he ‘couldn't relax' as we created and missed a host of chances on our way to the victory that keeps us in pole position in the race for fourth place in the Premier League.

The pressure was on with main rivals Manchester City beating Aston Villa 3-1 but this win - our eighth in the last 10 matches - means we go to Wednesday's showdown at Eastlands a point clear of City with two matches remaining.

In the end Tom Huddestone's wonderful 25-yarder into the top corner in the 38th minute, a goal worthy of winning any game, did just that.

Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Gareth Bale all went close after the break but Bolton continued to push forward and forced a fine late save from Heurelho Gomes to beat away Matthew Taylor's dipping volley.

"They were always in it," said Harry. "We had chances, missed them and they kept coming back at us. It was exciting stuff.

"The problem was that we missed those chances. We just couldn't stick the second goal away. We had plenty of opportunities to do so and when it's 1-0 it's always dangerous because they are always in the game.

"I didn't expect anything different from Bolton. People were talking about pushing up our goal difference, well that simply doesn't happen.

"Bolton are a solid team with dangerous forwards and a great manager in Owen Coyle and they made it difficult for us. Kevin Davies is a threat against anyone.

"So it was always going to be tight, we had those opportunities to get the second goal but a 1-0 win, three points - that's the most important thing."

Tom v Bolton

Harry was asked by the media afterwards if he considered resting Ledley King with Wednesday's huge game at City in mind.

As it turned out, both Ledley and Michael Dawson were outstanding as we kept another clean sheet at the Lane.

"I've been down this road before where people think you'll just turn up and smash a team like Bolton," added Harry. "As I said, it just doesn't work like that.

"There was no point in me resting players. We needed to be at our best to keep a clean sheet and we had to win this game first and worry about Wednesday when it comes around.

"If Ledley can play Wednesday, great, if not Sebastien Bassong will come back in and he's a top player as well."