Credit to the defence - Winks
Wed 02 January 2019, 13:07|Tottenham Hotspur
While our forwards have been grabbing the plaudits in recent weeks, Harry Winks feels our defenders deserve just as much credit.
Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung Min-Son and Lucas Moura have been in top form over the festive period as we've found the back of the net 15 times in our last five games. Harry, Christian and Sonny were on target again in our fine 3-0 win at Cardiff on New Year's Day.
We were also impressive defensively at the Cardiff City Stadium. Danny Rose made three important headers away from dangerous crosses in the first half as we held firm against Cardiff's aerial threat, providing the platform for the front four to again do the business.
We've kept five clean sheets in a run of nine wins in our last 11 matches in the Premier League. “The forwards are up there with the best in the league, the best in the world, they are fantastic,” said 'Winksy'. “But we can’t take credit away from the defensive players as well, they were brilliant at Cardiff, especially the back four.
“They were excellent, solid, nullified the threat and it’s important they get the credit as well as the players at the front.”
For the academy graduate, the triumph at the Cardiff City Stadium was the perfect response following Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Wolves.
Within 26 minutes of the start in South Wales, we had stormed into a comfortable 3-0 lead, but it was our opener in the third minute which Harry feels was the pivotal moment in Tuesday’s clash.
“It was must-win, a key game for us coming into it,” he added. “We knew we had to win and bounce back after the poor result against Wolves and we did that perfectly. It was a great performance.
“The first goal is massive against a team like Cardiff because the longer the game goes on, the more they have belief. It settles the crowd down and was what we needed.”