Cudicini impresses Redknapp

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp was full of praise for goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini after the Italian stopper's heroics helped rescue a point against PAOK.

A young Spurs side would have come away with all three points, but for Yago Falque's effort being cleared off the line before Harry Kane was denied a penalty.

But Cudicini stole the headlines, saving brilliantly from Stefanos Athenasiadis's overhead kick late on and Redknapp was keen to draw attention to the evergreen keeper.

"I just thought we'd be better with Carlo tonight and then next Tuesday I'm looking at Gomes to go to Stoke," he said.

"Carlo was excellent, top-drawer. He's a great trainer and a fantastic professional.

"He's been around and done it all and I was delighted with him.

"Gomes will get his games as well. I'll look to rotate the goalkeepers, but Brad Friedel has the jersey in the Premier League."

With the likes of Tom Carroll, Kane and Falque all turning out for a young Spurs XI, the experienced quartet of Cudicini, Sebastien Bassong, Vedran Corluka and Roman Pavlyuchenko came to the fore in Greece.

And assistant manager Joe Jordan felt it was an ideal performance from the four.

“We can’t forget the experienced lads," said Jordan. “The younger lads had to rely on them and the mix was good.

“The two centre-halves were exceptional, Gio as well, every one of them.

“You’ve got to have that experience in the team, no matter where you go, but especially here with a full house.

“The young lads had those wise words around them, putting them in positions, coaxing them along, knowing the certain periods of the game where you have to cool it and keep possession or try to lift the tempo.

“I’m sure they will be thankful for the lessons passed on by those more experienced players."

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