Spurs' strength built from defence


Tottenham Hotspur defender William Gallas believes the club's defence has emerged as a source of real satisfaction this season.

Whilst Spurs' attacking players have stolen the headlines with an impressive brand of football, the back-line have been in stringent mood, allowing just 11 goals in 15 matches after the early season defeats to Manchester United and Manchester City respectively.

That's coincided with a run of results which has since propelled Harry Redknapp's side to third in the Barclays Premier League, and the latest clean sheet against Norwich on Tuesday was their sixth shutout of the current campaign.

"We played very well in defence, concentrated on what we had to do and kept the strikers quiet," said Gallas, reflecting on the performance at Carrow Road.

"That is real satisfaction for the defenders, when you don’t concede a goal. That’s very good for us.

"With my experience, I’m always wary about a game like that. Even if you score the first goal, you never know what can happen, so it was important to score the second, stay strong and that’s what we did. Everyone was happy."

Gallas was partnered by Younes Kaboul against the Canaries, arguably Spurs' two reserve centre backs before injury put Michael Dawson and Ledley King out of action.

Kyle Walker has impressed after making the right-back position his own, with Benoit Assou-Ekotto solid if not spectacular on the opposite flank. Brad Friedel has been the epitome of consistency between the sticks.

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