Redknapp rewarded for attacking system

Harry Redknapp believes Tottenham’s 4-1 victory over FC Twente vindicated his team selection for the Champions League clash at White Hart Lane.

Two penalties from Roman Pavlyuchenko and superb goals from Rafael van der Vaart, who was also sent off, and Gareth Bale enabled Spurs to seize second place in Group A behind leaders Inter Milan.

But the scoreline failed to do Twente justice as the Dutch champions frequently proved a handful and were harshly treated on at least one of the three spot-kicks awarded against them.

Nacer Chadli reduced the deficit to 2-1 in the 56th minute and there were times when Spurs looked like they might pay the price for fielding an adventurous line-up.

“We picked an open team who went for it,” said Redknapp.

“We could have played with one up with Van der Vaart behind, but went for it and got four goals.

“It was a fantastic result. We won 4-1 so I picked the right team. It’s not a problem.

“You pick different teams for different games. I felt we’d take a chance but there are certain games where you wouldn’t do that.

“It was a great night for us. It was a great atmosphere and we won the game 4-1. You can’t do much more than that.”

Doubts hung over the first and third spot-kicks given by referee Terje Hauge.

Peter Crouch appeared to go over too easily for the first, Bale was illegally scythed down for the second while the third saw Wout Brama harshly censured for handball even though he was trying to evade Pavlyuchenko’s shot.

“It was exciting stuff. The first two penalties were blatant and I don’t know how you couldn’t give them,” said Redknapp.

“Crouch was pulled down, wrestled to the floor. For the second one Bale beat the fella like he did all night and was pulled down. It was a blatant penalty.

“On the third the ball travelled a long way and it was a soft penalty but you see them given.

“There was nothing wrong with Van der Vaart’s goal and it was a fantastic finish from Bale at the end.”

Spurs are well placed in Group A with four points, but Redknapp refuses to rule Twente out of the running for qualification.

“There’s still a long way to go and Twente are a good team,” he said.

“They showed enough against us to show they’re dangerous opposition. They have a great home record.

“It’s a win and we put it to bed until the next round when we go to Milan and play in what will be a very tough game against Inter.”

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