Redknapp eyes top-four places

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Harry Redknapp has vowed to challenge the top four of the Barclays Premier League after his Tottenham side maintained their 100% start to the season with victory over West Ham on Sunday.

Spurs are top of the table with three wins from three and Redknapp is hoping to following in the footsteps of Everton and Aston Villa, who have either finished in the Champions League places or come close.

"It could be open this year," said the Spurs boss. "Manchester City will certainly be pushing to be a top-four team, and there's no reason we can't push. We've got good players."

He added: "There's no reason why we can't be up there having a go at it. We only lost one home game last season since I came here - to Everton - including all the cup games. We've won two away games already this year.

"If our home form stands up, we'll be right up there."

Against West Ham, Redknapp's men fell behind to Carlton Cole's spectacular volley, but the England striker then gifted Jermain Defoe an equaliser with a stray backpass.

It was a clear-cut blunder from Cole but he would have been happy with his overall performance, especially with England boss Fabio Capello in the stands watching.

"Carlton played an unbelievable game," said Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola. "For me, he played a great game and it was unlucky that he made a mistake.

"He will have to learn that if he wants to be playing on a regular basis for the national team, he has to avoid those blackouts. He's an intelligent boy, he is ambitious and he will learn from that."

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