Harry hails Tottenham's 'character'

23 October 2010 03:51
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp hailed the character of his players after they fought back to earn a 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday.[LNB] Rafael van der Vaart scored his fifth goal in as many games to send Spurs third in the standings.[LNB]The Holland midfielder's effort cancelled out Leighton Baines' brilliant free-kick while Peter Crouch wasted more than one chance to seal what would have been Tottenham's fourth comeback win in five league matches.[LNB]"You don't get an easy game with Everton, you never do," Redknapp told Sky Sports. "We had the better of the chances but it was always going to be a tough day on the back of a hard week, but I couldn't fault the effort of the players. They worked hard again today.[LNB]"We just needed a break, but it just didn't quite come. But to come back again from 1-0 down shows a lot of character.[LNB]"We go behind, we never give up, we come back. That's a fantastic thing in a football team so I'm proud about that."[LNB]Redknapp's opposite number David Moyes was equally content with the performance of his players, who have now gone four games without defeat after a slow start to the campaign.[LNB]"Tottenham is a really good team at the moment and we're without one or two today, so it was good," Moyes told Sky Sports.[LNB]"I thought we did great defensively, the boys stood up to a lot of a balls to [Peter] Crouch. With the pace of [Gareth] Bale and [Aaron] Lennon on either side, they've got a real good balance.[LNB]"It was a good point, a hard-earned point. We had a few opportunities on the counter-attack which we didn't take late on, but overall I'm pleased we came here and got a hard-earned point."[LNB]Today's stalemate at White Hart Lane comes on the back of a morale-boosting victory over Liverpool in the Merseyside derby, and Moyes hailed his players for their efforts in turning their season around.[LNB]"Before Liverpool and Tottenham if you'd given me four points I'd have said I'd take that right away," he said.[LNB]"I've got to give the players a lot of credit, they worked really hard for the points. We've come here today without Mikel Arteta, Marouane Fellaini and Jack Rodwell, so the players have done a great job."[LNB]Man of the match Baines felt the Everton backline coped admirably in the face of Spurs' myriad attacking options.[LNB]"They've got a bit of everything Tottenham and they play some really good football," said the former Wigan full-back.[LNB]"They've got some quick players and they can mix it up and knock it long, so it's difficult to know what they're going to do but I thought we fared pretty well against them today.[LNB]"It was important that we maintained our unbeaten streak if we can, and a point today is a good result for us."

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