Redknapp hails vital derby win

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp paid tribute to the character of his players after they shrugged off a major FA Cup disappointment to get the better of Arsenal in Wednesday's north London derby.

Spurs lost a cup semi-final to Portsmouth in extra-time at Wembley on Sunday but kept their hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League alive following a 2-1 derby success over the Gunners.

Spurs' first north London derby win for 11 years was secured via goals from Danny Rose on his league debut and Gareth Bale.

"It was a great result after Sunday because that really knocked us all for six," explained Redknapp, whose side are now within one point of fourth-placed Manchester City.

"To lift ourselves after that disappointment and turn in a performance like that says so much about the players.

"It was a great performance and showed the character at this club. The players have been fantastic all season.

"I said to the players if we could beat Arsenal we could still get fourth place.

"It's still going to be hard but we're right in there and this will give us a big lift now for Chelsea on Saturday.

"It will be another difficult game against a strong team but on the back of this we will go into it with a bit of confidence.

"We are in great form with six wins in the last seven in the league. The crowd will be with us again as they were tonight so it's a game to look forward to."

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