Harry braced for tough battle

BY foxsports • February 22, 2010

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp thinks the battle to finish in fourth place in the Premier League will go right to the wire.

He saw his side move into that position, which brings the prospect of Champions League football, with a 3-0 victory at Wigan on Sunday.

The next two weeks could give a better indication of their hopes of achieving that dream.

Following the FA Cup home replay against Bolton on Wednesday, Tottenham face the league's in-form team Everton at the weekend.

Then they travel to Manchester City, who are only in fifth spot because of a poorer goal difference.

Aston Villa and Liverpool also remain in contention while Everton cannot be discounted following their superb victory against Manchester United.

Redknapp said: "We will be scrapping for fourth spot until the end of the season and we have as good a chance as anyone."

It is a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for Tottenham. When the former Portsmouth manager arrived 16 months ago staving off relegation was the goal. Now they are looking to sit at Europe's top table.

Redknapp is pleased with his attacking options. Jermain Defoe scored his 22nd goal of the season then Roman Pavlyuchenko stepped off the bench to grab a brace.

With Peter Crouch and Eidur Gudjohnsen also on board, the Icelander arriving on loan from Monaco, the Spurs boss is counting his blessings.

Redknapp said: "Crouch and Defoe are in good form and Pav is now back in form. Pav is a top class player with great ability and great quality.

"Eidur also has an opportunity as he is someone I like. It has given me a nice problem and it is a good position to be in."

Redknapp, however, could be without skipper Ledley King for a spell. After getting the all-clear from a knee problem, he pulled up suddenly and was replaced by Sebastien Bassong.

King has struggled with injuries and looks certain to sit out the Bolton Cup game at least.

Redknapp said: "It looks like a bit of a tear. Ledley was so solid during the match. He makes the game look easy.

"He is such a fantastic player. He gives a real presence to the team and a real air of confidence to the players and me. It is a bit of a loss but Bassong came in and finished the job."

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