Redknapp hails 'great win'


Tottenham's victory over Sunderland on Sunday saw Harry Redknapp's side climb to third in the Barclays Premier League, and left the manager feeling very satisfied indeed.

Spurs have now recorded 11 wins from their last 13 league outings, and had Roman Pavlyuchenko to thank for dispatching of a well-organised Black Cats side.

The Russian provided the only goal of the game after finishing off a neat pass from Rafael van der Vaart, having come on in place of the injured Aaron Lennon.

The latter lasted only 27 minutes at White Hart Lane before he was forced off through injury, while Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe were ruled out shortly before kick-off.

Redknapp, then, was incredibly pleased to see his side recover, following the potentially catastrophic loss of three key players.

"It was a tough game and we all knew it would be," said the Spurs boss.

"We had a couple of setbacks before the game. We lost Gareth Bale with a sprained ankle then we lost Aaron Lennon early in the game when it looked like he was in good form, he had a couple of early runs, but then he tore a hamstring.

"So we had to shuffle things around and it was a really satisfying performance.

"Martin [O'Neill] set them up well and they were dangerous on the counter, we had to be aware of that.

"We stuck at it and once we scored, we really started to play. We pushed on and made some good chances. We played as we can play.

"In the end, it was a great win for us.

"We ended up being without the two wide men who have been so threatening for us, but the injuries gave Pav the opportunity and he came off the bench and did what he can do, score a goal. He’s a fantastic finisher when he gets in there."

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