Rafael Van der Vaart insists Tottenham's defence deserve as much credit as he does for helping Spurs to a hard-fought victory over Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.

The 2-1 win at Ewood Park, courtesy of a brace from the 28-year-old Dutchman lifts Harry Redknapp's side to fifth in the Barclays Premier League table after recording their fifth win in the last six outings, leaving them just three points behind fourth placed Newcastle.

"When you score you're always in the headlines, but I think the defenders were amazing," said Van der Vaart. "This season they've been unbelievable for us.

"It's my second time here [at Ewood Park], they play with throw-ins, corner kicks and long balls - it's really difficult to win here. It's a massive compliment to the boys that we did."


 

Van der Vaart paid special tribute to right-back Kyle Walker, who has impressed so far this term, and played a part in the opening goal yesterday with a marauding run forward and cut-back for the striker to slot home from close range.

"Kyle did a fantastic job," he added. "It was an amazing run, all the credit is to him.

"It was a hard game today but it says a lot that we won here and fought until the end.

"We want to finish in the top four and there's a long way to go, but we're full of confidence."

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