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Harry's programme notes

As part of our matchday coverage, we publish Harry Redknapp's column from our official matchday programme.

As part of our matchday coverage, we publish Harry Redknapp's column from our official matchday programme.


It was a well-deserved boost for everyone to see us finally move off the foot of the table at the weekend.

It is going to be a tight division this year, aside from the top four, and the win against Manchester City has moved us right back in with the pack.

The situation looked a little desperate two weeks ago but this run of 10 points from our last four Premier League matches has been terrific and it was especially pleasing to see us achieve our first away league win of the campaign at Eastlands.

We had already secured a couple of important victories at White Hart Lane and Sunday's result went some way to showing what we are made of away from home. I am determined for this side not to be viewed as a soft touch on our travels and that is why we set up to play a bit tighter at City and it worked out for us.

I felt we started well and had some good spells with the ball, but then suddenly from having no problems we found ourselves a goal down. I had every confidence we had enough about us to get back into the contest and that was before the opposition were reduced to 10 men. We passed the ball well throughout, kept a good shape and ended up with the result we wanted.

Any team would always prefer to play against 10 men than 11, but after losing their player City sat behind the ball and that made it difficult for us to get through them.

By the end, however, there was plenty of space out there with three men off the pitch in total, yet there wasn't really a bad challenge in the entire 90 minutes.

The fans provided tremendous support for us, standing out in the torrential rain to get behind the team. Results like this make it all worthwhile and it makes for a lovely trip home so we all hope that we can enjoy that feeling plenty more times before the season is over.

I have been really pleased with the lads. Everybody is working hard and everybody has been doing well. We had a good performance against Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Cup last week as well so team selection has caused a big headache recently. I've even had to leave players out of the 18 selected on a matchday despite them being in form but it is certainly a good problem to have.

There is a great atmosphere in the dressing room and at the training ground. Everybody is up at the minute and that is what winning does for you, it changes everything about the place. Winning games is a great habit and we want to keep that up tonight as we welcome Liverpool back to White Hart Lane for the second time in 10 days.

As League Cup holders it would be wonderful to progress to the quarter-finals. Our last meeting with Liverpool will have no bearing on this fixture - that game is history now. We are up against a top team whatever 11 players Rafa Benitez decides to put out this evening. He has done a fantastic job at Anfield and has assembled a team who I feel have got a real chance of winning the championship this year.

Ledley King will not feature tonight but in Michael Dawson we have a more than able deputy. He has been terrific when he has been involved and I am a big fan of his. Michael is a young player and the type of lad who, in my opinion, will eventually go on to become a future captain. He has certainly got something about him and is a real competitor.

Tonight's match marks Joe Jordan's first game in the home dugout at White Hart Lane. I am delighted to have Joe on board with me here. He is a top coach who will bring a great deal to this Club.

I am sure it will be an exciting contest tonight, enjoy the game!

Harry's notes