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Harry Redknapp was glowing in his praise for goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes after the Brazilian stopper’s performance at Portsmouth on Saturday.

Gomes made a string of superb saves to preserve Tottenham’s lead over the Premiership strugglers, preventing Tommy Smith, Hassan Yebda and Spurs old-boy Younes Kaboul from scoring.

Ledley King and Jermain Defoe grabbed two first half goals for Spurs to give them the win, but it was Gomes display to limit Pompey to just the one Kevin-Prince Boateng goal that impressed Redknapp the most.

He told the Spurs Official Website, “Gomes was absolutely fantastic. When he first joined the club, Tony Adams (then assistant to Redknapp at Portsmouth) told me that Spurs had signed one of the best keepers in the world. Tony knew him from his days in Holland.

“When I took over at Tottenham it didn’t look that way, but he’s really looked the part since then.

“He came back from injury against Preston in the Carling Cup and he was even better that that and in training he’s looked great as well.

“it was a hard decision to leave Carlo out because he’s done well, but Gomes is fit again and he was terrific for us, a top, top goalkeeper.

Redknapp also praised Portsmouth’s performance, after they were close to snatching a point after an impressive second half display.

“In the first half Portsmouth had the one great chance when Dindane should have scored, that was a great opportunity for them, but when we went 2-0 up at half-time there really only looked one winner.

“But they came back strong. They showed terrific spirit, character, kept going and worked their socks off.

“The crowd got behind them as they always do and it made a difficult second half. Defoe’s sending off made it even more difficult for us.

“We were hanging on at the end. I brought Michael Dawson on in the end and went with three centre-halves. It was a case of just surviving.”

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