columnist Rob Facey reacts to last nights incredible game at the
Emirates and wonders just what Harry Redknapp has done to turn things around at
Harry Redknapp may just have saved Spurs’ season after
overseeing one of the greatest Premier League matches in history last night.
His rejuvenated Tottenham side battled from 4-2 with just
minutes remaining to steal a point off their North London
rivals, possibly ending Arsenal’s title chances in the bargain.
New manager Redknapp hopes that the amazing fight back can
act as a springboard as he looks to turn the club’s season around after what
has been the worst start to a season in Tottenham’s rich history.
“It looked all over,” Redknapp said, as reported in the Guardian.
“But once we had 4-3, we threw Woodgate up front.
They're either going to score again or we'll have one last chance. That's what
Spurs fans will be still be rubbing their eyes this morning,
but the good news does not finish there.
Buoyed by that extraordinary comeback against their arch
rivals last night, Daniel Levy has announced plans of a new 60,000 stadium on
the White Hart Lane
This week – which has seen Redknapp’s arrival, Commoli’s
exit, points on the board in the Premier League and plans for a new ground
announced – has been the high point
in what has been an incredibly poor season by Tottenham’s standards so far.
So, is this the turning point for Spurs? Redknapp certainly
thinks so, and can’t wait for Liverpool’s
visit at the weekend.
"We can't wait,” he said. “Bring
them on. We will give it a real go. We will be difficult to beat on Saturday.”
And he’s not
wrong. Despite the Reds sitting pretty at the top of the league, they will be
wary of the confidence that Redknapp’s arrival has instilled in everyone
connected at the club.
But what is it he
has done to change his team’s fortunes? Was it the backroom overhaul that saw
the club revert to a more traditional system?
He has David
Bentley playing again; an England
international who looked lost under Ramos, is he the catalyst to all good play
within the side?
unimaginable to imagine a Spurs side of a month ago fighting back like that, is
it simply that Redknapp understands the English game in a way that no foreign
boss is able to?
What can Spurs achieve
under Redknapp? Maybe not a lot this season, but in the future will he be the
man to satisfy the demands of the Tottenham fans?