Spurs manager Harry Redknapp conceded that Roy Hodgson’s resilient West Brom side made it tough for Spurs at White Hart Lane last night and the boss was just grateful for three points at the end of the match.
Jermain Defoe broke the deadlock after the hour mark and Spurs held on but Harry agreed that it was tough,
“It was very important for us to stay up there and it was a hard night,” said Harry.
“They had injuries, Roy set them up to be difficult to beat and they were difficult to break down.
“They were sitting in deep and there was no space. We like to hit teams on the counter-attack but if they aren’t coming out, it’s very difficult.
“They did their jobs, closed all the holes and we couldn’t find too many gaps to get into to create the chances.
“In the end, Jermain stuck a goal away and that was the difference, but it wasn’t easy for us.”
The win keeps Spurs in third on 42 points – three points behind Manchester United – and by winning our game in hand next week we could open up an eight point gap over fourth placed Chelsea.
Before that Everton game next Wednesday however, it’s Cheltenham in the cup at the weekend.