Premier League - Redknapp hails season-best Spurs

Sun, 30 Oct 20:17:00 2011

Harry Redknapp felt his Tottenham side played some of their best football of the season as they brushed aside QPR 3-1 at White Hart Lane.

FOOTBALL Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp during the 3-1 win at home to QPR on October 30 in the Premier League - 0

Gareth Bale's double and a strike from Rafael van der Vaart - the Dutchman's 12th of the season - meant Jay Bothroyd's effort was mere consolation.

Redknapp said: "In the first half we were fantastic, the way that we shifted the ball, the movement was great.

"I could hear them (QPR) arguing in their dressing room and it was all kicking off at half-time. I thought that they would have a go second half and they did, but they only pulled it back to 2-1 and Bale took a great goal to finish them off."

Bale may take all the plaudits, but Scott Parker was rightly named man of the match for a tireless performance in the centre of midfield. Tottenham have dropped just two points since Parker moved across London from West Ham - something which Redknapp feels has not happened by chance.

"That's no coincidence at all," Redknapp said. "This summer I said to the chairman that I want one player at this club (Parker).

"People don't understand that it is not always about £25-30million superstars, sometimes it is about having good characters in your club. I said ‘what he will give you on the pitch from now in the next four years is worth the weight in gold', and that has been proved."

QPR manager Neil Warnock praised the character and performance of Anton Ferdinand.

Last week Ferdinand was the subject of an alleged racial slur by John Terry in QPR's 1-0 win over their west London rivals at Loftus Road. It was announced on Tuesday that Terry, who denies the allegations, will be the subject of an FA investigation into the claims, and Ferdinand has been the focus of intense media scrutiny this week as a result.

Warnock deemed the 26-year-old to be psychologically ready to play in Sunday afternoon's derby at White Hart Lane, which Rangers lost thanks to a Rafael van der Vaart strike and a brace from Gareth Bale.

Despite seeing his team lose in what was largely a one-sided affair, Warnock heaped praise on Ferdinand and insisted the FA investigation has had no impact on his team's preparation or performance.

"I thought he (Ferdinand) was head and shoulders above everyone else - the man of the match," Warnock said. "I don't think he made a mistake. He hasn't put a foot wrong since he came here. He definitely has the potential to play at the top level and England. It was a great performance from him.

"Did I think that (the race row) affected Ferdinand today? Not at all. He was absolutely magnificent. It doesn't affect us at all. It speaks volumes about his character, absolutely."

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