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.”