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Robert Green had great day - Harry Redknapp


Redknapp philosophical after stalemate

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp praised West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green after his heroics earned the Hammers a point at White Hart Lane.

"The keeper had a great day," the Spurs boss said. "He's a top goalkeeper, so he's capable of playing like that, for sure."

West Ham manager Avram Grant also hailed the England stopper.

"Robert is a very good goalkeeper. We are happy today, he did one very, very good save."

An excellent free-kick by Tottenham's Gareth Bale would have been precise enough to beat most goalkeepers - but Green launched himself across the goal to tip the effort onto the bar in the final minutes of the game.

Despite his side not getting the breakthrough, a philosophical Redknapp was not too unhappy about Tottenham's display.

"I loved the way we moved the ball around, loved the chances we made, hit the woodwork time after time - just couldn't get the goal that we needed.

Grant heaps praise on Green

"That happens sometimes, that's football.

"They've worked hard, and obviously rode their luck at times, but full credit to them for that. I couldn't go home and be disappointed at the way we've played today."

Less pleasing for Redknapp was the reaction of Rafael van der Vaart who headed straight for the tunnel after being substituted with around 20 minutes of the game remaining.

"I don't like that," Redknapp said.

"I'll talk to him about that. If you're part of a team, you should stay and watch the game. He's a good lad, and I just made a substitution."

Grant left White Hart Line pleased with a performance in which his team bagged their first clean sheet away from home this season.

"I think it's a fair result and a good point against a very good team on a very difficult pitch," he said.

A string of recent high-scoring wins means Grant's West Ham are now edging towards safety from relegation, and this point lifts them out of the bottom three - albeit it temporarily as the rest of the afternoon's fixtures took place.

"We were always optimistic," Grant added.

"The strength of team is in the bad days when we continue to do the right things. Now, when the injured players are coming back it's more easy for us.

"We are very solid in our system that we are playing. As you saw in the last games, we are more hard to beat than before."

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 19 Mar 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 30 34 63
2 Arsenal 29 30 58
3 Man City 29 20 53
4 Chelsea 28 27 51
5 Tottenham 29 7 49
6 Liverpool 29 3 42
7 Bolton 30 1 40
8 Everton 30 1 40
9 Sunderland 29 -2 38
10 Stoke 30 -2 37
11 Newcastle 30 -1 36
12 Fulham 30 0 35
13 Blackburn 30 -12 33
14 Aston Villa 30 -14 33
15 Blackpool 30 -15 33
16 West Brom 30 -15 33
17 West Ham 30 -13 32
18 Wolves 30 -14 32
19 Birmingham 29 -13 31
20 Wigan 30 -22 30

see also
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