Harry Redknapp admitted it was harder for Tottenham to maintain their form after losing influential forward Rafael van der Vaart to injury, but praised his players for another spirited performance in last night's 3-1 victory over Wigan.
The Spurs chief reflected positively on an 'excellent' first-half display, before emphasising the resilience on show at White Hart Lane to spur the club on to another important win.
With Manchester City dropping points at Everton, the win leaves Tottenham just five points off top spot after stamping their authority on Roberto Martinez's lowly Latics side.
"We played ever so well in the first half, went 2-0 up but then we had a problem," Redknapp told the club's official website. "We lost Rafa to injury and then we had Ade up front on his own and no more strikers.
"That meant the only support for Ade was Niko and Gareth, who were excellent. We were completely in control in the first half and played some great stuff.
"It was harder in the second half. We didn't have a forward ball, so we had possession and took longer to get forward. We didn't play with the same fluency as we did in the first half, but it was still a great performance."
Two goals from Gareth Bale, either side of a Luka Modric strike confirmed the points stayed in north London, and Redknapp also used the game as an opportunity to give a debut to another youngster making waves in the club's academy.
Cameron Lancaster was named on the bench, a move that surprised many, but the talented striker got his chance in the final 10 minutes.
"I thought he did ever so well," he added. "It was great for him to come on and make his debut."
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