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Tough afternoon, tough win

Brad Friedel believes the win at Blackburn is a very positive sign despite Rovers' lowly position in the Premier League.

Brad Friedel believes the win at Blackburn is a very positive sign despite Rovers' lowly position in the Premier League.

The 40-year-old is better placed than most to comment on the determination needed to take three points from Ewood Park having made 287 league appearances in an eight year spell at Blackburn.

Speaking to Spurs TV Online after the game, Brad spoke of why Rovers are such a difficult team to defend against.

"I know first-hand that this is a very difficult place to get results. I know Blackburn are not seeing great fortunes right now but they are a difficult team to play against at Ewood Park.

"They've got Samba, Nzonzi and Pedersen who are all good in the air, they always try and latch on to the second ball and it's ever so difficult."

Rovers made the most of their aerial attack for their first-half goal, scoring when a Pedersen free-kick into the box was headed down by Samba for Mauro Formica to smash the ball into the net.

But while Steve Kean's team continued to launch balls into the box after Rafa Van der Vaart's wonder goal forced Blackburn to chase the game, the centre-back pairing of Younes Kaboul and Sebastien Bassong did superbly to limit Blackburn to half chances.

"Everyone knows about all the injuries we have at the back and the boys, especially Seb, played really well today. There are a lot of little things that go on in a game that a lot of people don't notice, and when you come to places like this you get everything thrown at you as a centre-half. Younes and Seb did really well.

"We were in a similar situation last week against Newcastle, up 2-1 late in the game. I thought today, although we didn't kill it off with a goal, we limited them to one chance in the last ten minutes. It was pleasing to hold on and get the win."