An injury crisis stripped the club of William Gallas, Michael Dawson, Ledley King and Vedran Corluka leaving us to field what was practically our only available back four yesterday, but two-goal Rafael van der Vaart was quick to praise our defence’s contribution.

“When you score you’re always in the headlines, but I think the defenders were amazing today. This season they’ve been unbelievable for us,” said Rafa after the game.

“It’s my second time here, they play with throw-ins, corner kicks and long balls, it’s really difficult to win here. It’s a massive compliment to the boys that we did.”

The win saw Spurs leapfrog Liverpool who dropped a home point against Norwich and we are now in fifth, just three points behind Newcastle and Chelsea with a game in hand.

Next up for Spurs is a home fixture with QPR on Sunday and the club’s six-game unbeaten streak has given the squad confidence of a push towards that fourth spot.

“It was a hard game today but it says a lot that we won here and fought until the end,” added VDV.

“We want to finish in the top four and there’s a long way to go, but we’re full of confidence.”



  1. 16 out of 18 points since those Manchester disasters……….

    QPR coming to town and stretch of games that are all winnable…

    If we can get one of our big 3 CBs back soon, we’ll be just fine defensively w/ Kaboul’s form…..he still has his issues w/ the ball in the air and his marking, but he really has turned into a much smarter player ……he has tamed that aggressive play and his mental lapses.


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