Harry: Spurs Rose to the occasion

15 April 2010 07:02
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes Arsenal were the "perfect" opponents for his side on Wednesday after their FA Cup semi-final heartbreak.[LNB] Redknapp felt his players' response to Sunday's Wembley defeat by Portsmouth proved their character.[LNB]Spurs beat their north London rivals for the first time in the Premier League in 11 years with a wonder-strike from Danny Rose and second-half goal by Gareth Bale sealing the outcome.[LNB]Spurs are now right back in the race for the final Champions League spot, trailing fourth place Manchester City by one point.[LNB]"It was a real London derby, very competitive and played in a good spirit," said Redknapp.[LNB]"We worked very hard and lifted ourselves after a difficult day on Sunday. To come out and turn in a performance like that was great.[LNB]"Arsenal were the perfect game for us to play, the crowd were passionate and got behind us.[LNB]"We knew the importance of the game and that if we won we still have a big chance of fourth. The players responded with a fabulous performance.[LNB]"We're still in there for fourth but it's going to be hard."[LNB]Redknapp praised Rose's wonder-strike with the 19-year-old, making his league debut, viciously volleying Manuel Almunia's punched clearance home.[LNB]"It was an amazing goal from Danny. He's a left sided player but I played him on the right because I thought he'd give us a bit of energy," he said.[LNB]"That was a wonderful strike and we'll never forget that."

Source: Team_Talk