Van der Vaart brushes off defeat

Tottenham attacker Rafael van der Vaart has stated that his side will bounce back from their 5-2 north London derby defeat to Arsenal, and that he is still playing for the capital’s best team.

Harry Redknapp’s men were put to the sword at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday and have a tricky game against Manchester United this weekend; the Netherlands international is confident that the loss was a one off.

“It won’t be difficult to lift ourselves,” the Dutchman told The London Evening Standard.

“Do we have the mental strength to put this behind us? Of course. It will be difficult against United but the confidence is there. This season, we have nearly always played well at home. Yesterday was a bad day but that’s all it was.

“The title? Of course you always hope but Manchester City are winning their games so easily, especially now we have lost, so maybe the title is over. Third is our main goal now and I’m really confident we can finish there,” he stated.

By Gareth McKnight