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Redknapp thankful for Rafa's goal

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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has accepted last night's Premier League draw as a fair result after Rafael Van der Vaart's 94th minute header cancelled out Cameron Jerome's earlier goal for Stoke City.

The White Hart Lane crowd grew frustrated on a night that could have turned out a lot worse with Chelsea and Arsenal both leading 1-0.

Speaking to the club's official website, the Spurs boss explained: "It might be a vital point at the end of the season, it might just come in handy."

Arsenal held their lead away to Everton to take third spot from Tottenham, but Chelsea ended up losing 2-1 against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Stoke were denied the chance to do the double over the Lillywhites for the first time in the Premier League, and Redknapp reflected: "It was a tough game, Stoke are never easy to beat and they defended well.

"We had a couple of good chances in the first half, got Luka [Modric] into good positions, but couldn't quite finish.

"Stoke are always a threat on set-plays and I said we had to be careful, try not to give away free-kicks, but we did and paid the penalty.

"In the end we were thankful for Rafa's goal."

Tottenham travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday where they have not won since 1990, and after four league games without a victory, will be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend.

"We need to go on a little run ourselves now, we need to pick ourselves up quickly and pick up a few positive results," concluded Redknapp.

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