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Redknapp salutes Spurs fightback


Redknapp hailed Spurs' character after their fightback

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp hailed his side's "never-say-die attitude" after two injury-time goals earned them an amazing 4-4 draw at Arsenal.

"It was a real old-fashioned slugging match - we went for it and then they went for it," said Redknapp, who left Portsmouth for Spurs last weekend.

"We conceded sloppy goals but we never gave up, we showed a never-say-die attitude and came back brilliantly.

"It was a fantastic performance and a great result in the end."

The match was Redknapp's second in charge since being announced as the successor to Juande Ramos.

What happened to us when we were leading 4-2 should never happen

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

On Sunday, he guided Spurs to their first league win of the season, 2-0 at home against Bolton, and the extraordinary display at the Emirates Stadium provided further encouragement for supporters.

Redknapp added: "It's been a difficult week, leaving home at five thirty in the morning and not getting home until nine, but this makes it all worth it.

"It really was an amazing game of football to be involved in. We gave away some bad goals, from set-pieces too, even though we worked hard on that on Tuesday at training.

Wenger angry and disappointed

"We need to stop giving away goals like that, especially as one of them was straight after we pulled it back to 3-2.

"But the boys have been fantastic, there's a real spirit there, a determination. They are jumping for joy in the dressing room."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted he had mixed feelings after seeing his side dominate for long periods but fail to secure three points.

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"We are very angry and disappointed but on the other hand we have to stay positive because we were two levels above and produced an outstanding game," said Wenger.

"Unfortunately we were not rewarded because we lack maturity and instead of being efficient we became a little too negative in the last 10 minutes. The potential is outstanding in the side but the result is down to inexperience.

"In football, nothing is inconceivable. We were a little unlucky as well but you have to produce the maximum with what you have on the pitch and we did not do that.

"My team produced an outstanding performance and deserved to win but maybe we wanted it too much and put ourselves under pressure rather than scoring goals five and six.

Jonathan Woodgate and David Bentley
Jonathan Woodgate hugs David Bentley after his incredible strike
"What happened to us when we were leading 4-2 should never happen."

Spurs opened the scoring in the 13th minute with former Gunner David Bentley beating keeper Manuel Almunia with a superb 40-yard volley.

And Bentley was delighted that his wonder strike did not go to waste on a memorable night for the midfielder.

"I feel like superman, I could fly home," he said.

Jermaine Jenas, who scored Spurs' third goal, hailed the impact Redknapp had already made since his arrival.

"Harry is great motivationally," Jenas said.

"The lads have done him a favour by reacting to it. It showed complete team spirit and togetherness. We always believed.

"We just showed that never-give-in spirit. Any team who comes to the Emirates and gets a result has done well but given the circumstances, this is just brilliant."

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Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham
29 Oct 08 |  Premier League
Wednesday's football photos
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29 Oct 08 |  Premier League
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