Harry Redknapp lavished praise on Huerelho Gomes after the goalkeeper’s heroics meant Spurs took all three points against Sunderland on Saturday.
Tottenham spent a fair portion of the game on the backfoot, but the Brazilian pulled off a number of big saves, including a penalty from Darren Bent.
And Redknapp was thankful for the performance of his ‘keeper, feeling that things could’ve gone differently had Bent converted his spot-kick.
He told Tottenham’s official website, “If they had scored the penalty, with the amount of chances they were creating, they may have gone on to win the game.
“But Gomes made three or four great saves as well as the penalty, so we were fortunate that he’s on good form at the moment.
“I thought we played better than when we lost against Stoke a couple of weeks ago, so we were fortunate and our goalkeeper was fantastic.
“I’m delighted to get the result. Some days you have to grind them out and we did that today.”
Redknapp fielded a 4-3-3 formation, despite Sunderland starting with a midfield five, and Redknapp found his creative players being stifled in the middle of the park for long periods.
“We found it difficult to break them down and sometimes it’s like that. They are difficult to play against with five in midfield and they pass the ball well.
“They started the better team and our opener came against the run of play. We weren’t passing the ball the way we normally do in training every day.
“But you’re not going to be able to play fantastic flowing football every week and you’re going to have games like this – every team does.”
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