Friedel salutes Spurs' spirit

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Brad Friedel is better placed than most to comment on the determination needed to take three points from Ewood Park, having made 287 league appearances in an eight year spell at Blackburn Rovers.

The 40-year-old stopper made a successful return to his old stomping ground on Sunday, helping Tottenham to grind out a 2-1 win - their fifth victory in the last six Barclays Premier League outings.

Friedel insists that the three points gained is a very positive sign for Harry Redknapp's side, despite Rovers' lowly league position, and gave insight into why they are such a difficult team to defend against.

"I know first-hand that this is a very difficult place to get results," he said. "I know Blackburn are not seeing great fortunes right now but they are a difficult team to play against at Ewood Park.


"They've got [Christopher] Samba, [Steven] Nzonzi and [Morton Gamst] Pedersen who are all good in the air, they always try and latch on to the second ball and it's ever so difficult."

Blackburn capitalised on their aerial threat in the first-half, when a Pedersen free-kick and Samba knock-down teed up Mauro Formica to smash home from close range to level the scores at 1-1.

But Spurs restored their lead when Rafael Van der Vaart grabbed his second goal of the game, while the backline did brilliantly to limit Rovers to half chances for the remainder of the match.

"Everyone knows about all the injuries we have at the back and the boys, especially Seb, played really well," Friedel added.

"There are a lot of little things that go on in a game that a lot of people don't notice, and when you come to places like this you get everything thrown at you as a centre-half. Younes and Seb did really well.

"We were in a similar situation last week against Newcastle, up 2-1 late in the game. I thought today, although we didn't kill it off with a goal, we limited them to one chance in the last ten minutes. It was pleasing to hold on and get the win."

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