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Harry's programme notes

As part of our pre-match build-up to home games, we'll publish Harry Redknapp's column directly from our matchday programme.

As part of our pre-match build-up to home games, we'll publish Harry Redknapp's column directly from our matchday programme.

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Welcome back to White Hart Lane for today's Boxing Day fixture. I hope you all had a great Christmas Day.

Boxing Day has historically always been a great day for sporting events over the years. You only have to see the numbers of people around the country heading to matches today to realise just how much everyone looks forward to their Boxing Day outing at the football.

It is a tradition and something that fans always enjoy. Everyone has been indoors on Christmas Day and so getting the opportunity to go and watch a game of football is always a big day for the family.

We showed terrific character to come from behind against Spartak Moscow on Thursday in order to book our place in the knockout rounds of the UEFA Cup, which has seen us being drawn to Shakhtar Donetsk and that means a long journey out to the Ukraine.

We conceded from a couple of silly errors in the first half and with Nijmegen going on to win 2-0 against Udinese we would have been out the competition.

That would have bothered me because I do not want to lose any game and I don't want to go out of the UEFA Cup. We kept playing away and exploited the space on the wings well and that resulted in a much better second half performance.

Harry's notes

It was a good effort especially when you consider we went into the fixture with just one recognised striker. If possible, this is something we will be looking to remedy in January. Strikers are so important to a team because they are more than likely going to be the players that will win you matches.

However, I have said all along that if the players I want are not available then we will not do anything. We have got good players here and so there is no point doing business unless we really feel players are worth the money and will improve the team all round.

I was bitterly disappointed to get beat as we did against Newcastle United on Sunday.

We had some good chances and I felt the game was there for us to win at half-time. I certainly wouldn't have taken a draw at that point.

We pushed forward in search of a winner and in injury time we got done on the break, it was a real sucker punch but these things happen in football. Now we just have to pick ourselves up and push on because we are entering a busy spell of fixtures.

The UEFA Cup is now on the backburner until the end of February but there are some big games lying ahead in the league, Carling Cup and FA Cup starting with the visit of Fulham today.

Roy Hodgson has done a terrific job at Fulham in keeping them up last season and improving the squad in the summer with some decent players and they are now going well this season. He has a great knowledge of the game having managed at the top, top level in Italy and around the world.

We know from when we went to Craven Cottage little over a month ago what a good team he has got there and this will be a big test for us today, especially when you consider they have not conceded away from home in over three games.

I hope you all have a great day and on behalf of everyone at Tottenham Hotspur I would like to wish you and your families a happy and, most importantly, healthy New Year. I look forward to seeing you all back at White Hart Lane in 2009.