Roman Pavlyuchenko's thunderbolt free-kick just after the half-hour mark was enough to give Tottenham a 1-0 win against Rubin Kazan in last night's UEFA Europa League encounter at White Hart Lane.
It was a hard-fought victory against a Russian side with fine European pedigree, having played in the UEFA Champions League for the past three seasons, and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp was unsurprised to see his side pushed all the way to the final whistle.
"They are a good side, exactly what I expected and it was a great result for us," said Redknapp. "I thought it was important that we won this game because we know how difficult it will be at their place.
"It was always going to be tough. You only have to look at their recent record, they beat Barcelona and six or seven of the players were in that team.
"They are technically very, very good. We had to hang in there a little at the end but overall, I was well pleased. I thought it was a good performance."
Redknapp also praised the performances of some of his fringe players, as he continues to use the competition as an opportunity to give experience to a number of Spurs youngsters.
"Tom Carroll was excellent again and it's great to see one or two of those younger lads getting minutes on the pitch and progressing," he added. "Jake Livermore played centre-half for us, he's a midfielder but he adapted well.
"I didn't want to play both Younes Kaboul and Seb Bassong and risk them before Blackburn on Sunday. Jake came in and did well against a good team. He's a great lad, great attitude."
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