Harry Redknapp was quick to pay tribute to his Tottenham Hotspur players following the 2-1 victory over Arsenal at White Hart Lane.
In a north London derby that ebbed and flowed, it was Spurs who were in the ascendancy for longer periods, and duly took advantage through Kyle Walker's winner 17 minutes from time.
Rafael Van der Vaart had given the hosts the lead in the first half, but Aaron Ramsey pulled the Gunners level, and Redknapp admitted there were spells in the game where the visitors enjoyed some control.
"In the first half they had more possession than us and it was difficult. They played with an extra man in midfield, three against our two and they were always going to get that extra possession," he told the official Tottenham Hotspur website.
"They could play around us and we found it hard to make contact with their midfield, we had Luka (Modric) and Scotty (Parker) running around against three. That’s the chance you take when you go with the team I picked.
"I went with Rafa, Gareth and two strikers. We played with an open team but we got the goal and went in 1-0 up at half-time. I nearly made the change at half-time just to thicken us up (in midfield) but I thought ‘we’re 1-0 up, let’s see how it goes’."
Ramsey's strike early in the second period quickly forced the former Portsmouth boss into a change though, introducing Sandro to provide more security in central midfield.
It was a change that helped Spurs take control of the match, and whilst they missed a handful of other chances late-on, Walker's long-range effort was enough to win the match.
"They started the second half well, got the goal and they were in the ascendancy then and we could have been in trouble. So I made the change to try and get a grip of the midfield a bit more. Sandro came on and I thought we did that," he continued.
"I thought we looked stronger, we got on top and created all the chances. We were the better team in the second half and deserved the win. We had a couple of great chances to finish them off, just couldn’t find that third goal.
"Overall though it was a fantastic performance and we’re playing well. They are good side, take nothing away from them. They can play, keep the ball, have good movement, clever, but in the end I thought we deserved it."
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