Harry Redknapp found plenty of positives in his side's 2-1 pre-season victory over Spanish side Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, and was particularly pleased with the contribution of his trio of super subs.

Last season's fifth place side in La Liga took the lead at White Hart Lane through a Mikel San Jose strike. However, two quick goals from substitutes Peter Crouch and strike partner Jermain Defoe swung the game in favour of the hosts.

It was a response that delighted Redknapp, who saw his side create a host of other chances and miss a penalty, as Gareth Bale also came off the bench to provide the necessary inspiration.




"The second half was much better. We had a bit more pace to the team. Gareth came on and he gives us pace along with Aaron Lennon, that's good pace down the sides," the manager told the official Spurs website.

"Niko did well in midfield with Luka, the two Croatian lads together and Crouchy and Jermain came on and scored. Defoe’s looked sharp all pre-season, so that’s good for him. Tom Huddlestone also had half a game, which was encouraging."

There was only one piece of bad news for the Spurs boss, who saw South African international Steven Pienaar limp off during the first half.

The midfielder is now a doubt to face his former club on the opening day, with Redknapp confirming he'll have to visit a specialist over the injury.

"Steven Pienaar picked up an injury. He might have torn his groin. I think we're going to take him to a specialist and have a look at him. We'll see how it goes," concluded the former Portsmouth chief.

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