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Spurs boss Harry Redknapp delighted with Van der Vaart

Rafael Van der Vaart and Harry Redknapp
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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was full of praise for Rafael Van der Vaart after the Dutchman's two goals secured a 2-1 victory against Aston Villa.

Redknapp said: "He's started well, he's going great. He's always looking to get on the ball and he has that knack of scoring goals.

"I felt, first half, we were open, too open, with two up and him floating around where he wanted to play.

"Second half, we changed it and I stuck him in behind one striker."

Tottenham had to come from behind to beat Villa after Marc Albrighton opened the scoring for the visitors.

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And their fightback was inspired by the 27-year-old Dutchman, who joined from Real Madrid in the summer and has already become a favourite with the fans after hitting four goals in his three home appearances. Van der Vaart headed in a crucial equaliser in the third minute of stoppage-time in the first half before rifling home a 75th-minute winner.

Redknapp added: "He's a good footballer and they always like a good footballer."

Villa's defeat was their first under new manager Gerard Houllier but the Frenchman was not unhappy with his side's performance.

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Houllier said: "I've got mixed feelings because, at the same time that I'm proud of their performance, I'm disappointed with the result. A more fair result would have been a draw.

"The only thing we can blame ourselves for is probably the fact that we didn't take our chances. A couple of times, we could have sealed the game."

Houllier predicts bright future for Villa

Admitting Spurs are "slightly superior" as a team to his side, Houllier added: "It's a good side, a good team; they finished fourth.

"On the back of their win against Twente, obviously they have a lot of confidence."

He added of Van der Vaart, whose two goals were set up by Peter Crouch: "I think he was outstanding but Crouchy was good as well."



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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 6 19 15
2 Man Utd 7 7 13
3 Arsenal 6 9 11
4 Man City 6 5 11
5 Tottenham 7 2 11
6 West Brom 7 -3 11
7 Stoke 7 -1 10
8 Aston Villa 7 -3 10
9 Fulham 7 1 9
10 Sunderland 7 0 8
11 Bolton 7 -1 8
12 Blackburn 7 -1 8
13 Wigan 7 -9 8
14 Newcastle 6 1 7
15 Birmingham 7 -3 7
16 Blackpool 6 -5 7
17 Everton 7 -1 6
18 Liverpool 6 -3 6
19 Wolves 7 -5 5
20 West Ham 7 -9 5

see also
Houllier predicts bright future for Villa
02 Oct 10 |  Aston Villa
Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa
02 Oct 10 |  Premier League
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PremierLeague.com Redknapp hails van der Vaart - 10 hrs ago
Daily Dispatch Coach hails his Dutch striker as Spurs sink Villa - 10 hrs ago
Daily Express Tottenham make short work of tall orders against Aston Villa - 17 hrs ago
Morning Star Online Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa - 20 hrs ago
Soccer365.com Happy Harry hails work of Vaart - 21 hrs ago


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