Harry: Spurs Rose to the occasion

Redknapp felt his players’ response to Sunday’s Wembley defeat by

Portsmouth proved their character. 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. Spurs are now right back in the race for the

final Champions League spot, trailing fourth place Manchester City

by one point. “It was a real London derby, very competitive and

played in a good spirit,” said Redknapp. “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. “Arsenal were the

perfect game for us to play, the crowd were passionate and got

behind us. “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. “We’re still in there for fourth but it’s

going to be hard.” Redknapp praised Rose’s wonder-strike with the

19-year-old, making his league debut, viciously volleying Manuel

Almunia’s punched clearance home. “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. “That was

a wonderful strike and we’ll never forget that.”