Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has revealed it was the home ground advantage that led Spurs to victory on Saturday, in a win that will certainly increase their confidence going into the Champions League quarter final second leg with Real Madrid.
"It was just the response I expected, we play like that every week," Redknapp told the Tottenham website of the 3-2 win over Stoke.
"We don’t get many bad days here [at White Hart Lane]. How many times have we lost at home since I’ve been here? It won’t be too many, that’s for sure.
"We always play well here, always have a go and we’ve great professionals and good players here.”
Under Redknapp’s reign, Tottenham have lost only six of 67 games at White Hart Lane.
While the 4-0 defeat in the Champions League to Real Madrid would have been mentally crushing for Tottenham, and would lead most teams to struggle to pick themselves back up, Redknapp insists he always had faith in the squad bouncing back immediately.
"I knew we’d come back,” he said.
"It was just a one-off night in Madrid. It was a game you have to forget about. I didn’t go home as despondent as I can be after a defeat because circumstances of going down to 10 men after 15 minutes, it’s impossible."
Redknapp singled out Wilson Palacios as one of the inspirational figures for Tottenham, and hailed the star as having great strength of character.
“He's a vital player for us. He gets after the ball, he works, he's strong. His attitude as well, the way he trains ever day,” Redknapp said.
Palacios’ brother was brutally murdered in Honduras at the end of last season, and Redknapp expressed total respect for the 26 year old over his mental resolve through the tragedy.
"What he's been through with his family, you want him to succeed," Redknapp said.
"He's an easy going, lovely lad who just wants to play football.
"He's pleased and honoured to be here and play for Spurs. That's why the fans love him and you want him to do well.'