Roman Pavlyuchenko bagged his sixth goal in four games for Tottenham in their win over Everton, prompting boss Harry Redknapp to say: 'You can't ask more than that.'
Such words of praise from his manager cap a remarkable week for Pavlyuchenko, who came off the bench last Sunday to score two goals against Wigan, netted another two against Bolton on Wednesday and then scored in his first Barclays Premier League start of the season yesterday.
Teaming up: The Spurs players hail Pavlyuchenko (centre) after his goal
It was no wonder he looked tired in the second half after finally heeding Redknapp's advice to 'run around a bit'.
The Spurs boss said: 'He's had the opportunity, he's taken it and he's got to keep taking it now and keep playing like he is. It's up to him.
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'He's got a future here. We could have sold him in the window, but wedidn't want to. I spoke to the chairman and said I want to keep himbecause he's got a part to play. Now he's playing the part I thought hecould play.'
Spurs are fourth again in the Barclays Premier League but Redknapp'senjoyment must have been tainted by the cracks that appeared as Evertonstepped up their game in a gung-ho second half.
But the Spurs boss insisted Tottenham are under no pressure to gain that coveted fourth Champions League spot.
He said: 'We're there and it's a great position to be in. If we make it, fantastic, if we don't, at least we've been in there.'
But Tottenham's excellent win - particularly after a week in which a stomach virus swept the club - was marred by the loss of Tom Huddlestone early in the second half.
The 23-year-old midfielder damaged his right shin in a clash with John Heitinga and left White Hart Lane wearing a surgical boot. Redknapp admitted the chances of a swift recovery 'didn't look good'.
Huddlestone joins a growing midfield casualty list. Jermaine Jenas is due to have an operation on his groin on Wednesday, David Bentley tore his groin last Wednesday and Aaron Lennon has been prescribed six weeks' rest after suffering a groin injury of his own. Wilson Palacios is on nine yellow cards - just one away from suspension.
How did he miss that? Landon Donovan fluffs a glorious chance
'How good would we be if they were all fit?' joked Redknapp. 'It would be scary.'
Pavlyuchenkoscored after just 11 minutes, steering in Jermain Defoe's right-footshot into the net from a long ball from Huddlestone. Luka Modric thenhit an exquisite right-foot chip that cannoned in off the the crossbar.
But Everton, buoyed by the introduction of Phil Jagielka,playing his second match since rupturing a ligament in his left kneelast April, were infinitely better in the second half.
They halved the deficit after 55 minutes when Jack Rodwell headed Mikel Arteta's corner back across goal, where Yakubu was lurking to stab a shot home from close range.
Everton boss David Moyes knelt with his head in hands after substitute Landon Donovan squandered the easiest of tap-ins after 77 minutes.
Moyes said: 'We didn't turn up in the first half and you could say the same thing about Tottenham in the second half.
'I think we were all a bit weary in the head (after Thursday'sEuropa League defeat to Sporting Lisbon), but we drew 2-2 with Spurs atGoodison and, in truth, it should have been two each here.'
Redknapp said he was surprised Michael Dawson did not earn anEngland call up, adding: 'Michael was fantastic again today. He's aleader, a terrific character and he could still be a late call if hekeeps playing like that.'
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