Harry grateful for Levy interference

BY foxsports • September 19, 2010

Harry Redknapp thanked Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy for signing Rafael van der Vaart after he set up the come-from-behind win over Wolves.

Van der Vaart was a class act on the pitch after shaking off a calf strain to start his third game in a week as Spurs scored three times in the final 13 minutes to record their first Premier League home win of the season.

The Holland midfielder cancelled out Steven Fletcher's opener from the penalty spot before substitutes Roman Pavyluchenko and Alan Hutton sealed a 3-1 victory.

Van der Vaart joined Spurs in a last-gasp £8million move from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day.

Although Redknapp had mentioned him to Levy over the summer, it was the Spurs chairman who made the move for the 27-year-old.

Such matters have been resigning matters for managers in the past but Redknapp is delighted with this particular instance of interference.

"Yeah, probably," he said.

"He was on a list that we'd bandied about three months ago.

"I watched him play for Holland against Norway in Amsterdam and liked him.

"He's a good player and he'll link in with how we want to play."

Despite Van der Vaart's best efforts, Spurs had looked set for another Champions League hangover following their defeat by Wigan in their last home game.

Redknapp said: "I wasn't at all disappointed with how we played. I was disappointed to be 1-0 down, obviously.

"But I couldn't criticise the players for the way we tried to play, the way we moved the ball around.

"I thought we did as well as we could and made opportunities. We just needed to stick one away.

"And when the chances came, it was important we tried to finish them."

He added: "We stuck at it and that was good.

"The subs all came on and played their part. Alan Hutton had a great second half.

"We haven't really seen Pav and then he scores.

"It was a great result for us."

Redknapp denied fearing the match was becoming Wigan all over again but admitted: "There was a point in the game when I thought we wouldn't win the game.

"I'd be a liar sitting here saying I always knew we were going to come back and win it."

The win came at a cost as Younes Kaboul pulled a hamstring and William Gallas suffered cramp.

Vedran Corluka was forced out of the squad after hurting his back in training on Friday and Redknapp revealed captain Ledley King was almost a late withdrawal.

The Spurs boss said: "At quarter-past two, I put the teamsheet in and it looked like I might have to change it because he felt his groin."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy was angry both with his players for throwing away their lead and with referee Mike Jones for failing to award the visitors a first-half penalty.

"We've contrived to give that away, I think, to be honest with you," McCarthy said.

"We were certainly the architects of our own downfall by allowing them to open us up and then get the penalty."

McCarthy refused to expand on the mistakes that let Tottenham back into the game.

"I know exactly what they are but I'm not going to air them here, because I'll protect my own players," he said.

"It'll be said in house - it's already been said.

"But I'm not going to have a go at my own players, that's for sure.

"They were fabulous for most of the game. But it's the fine detail.

"You give Champions League teams a chance and they'll punish you, and that's what's happened."

On the incident that saw Matt Jarvis go down in the box under a challenge from Gallas, McCarthy added: "I thought it was a stonewall penalty.

"Theirs was a stonewall. I doubt very much he (Jones) wasn't going to give that one."

The loss of Jarvis to a groin strain in the 54th minute was a blow for Wolves' hopes of holding out.

"He's terrific; he's been very good for us and he's a threat with his pace," McCarthy said.

"I was in the process of taking Fletch off - he'd had a bang and he'd scored the goal that, in reality, should've given us something out of the game.

"But Jarvo was starting to struggle. I'm not going to risk him because I need him fit."


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