Redknapp lauds terrific Tom
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp hailed Tom Huddlestone's stunning strike as 'typical' of the midfielder.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 01/05/10 7:03pm
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp hailed Tom Huddlestone's stunning strike against Bolton as 'typical' of the midfielder.
The Spurs manager was full of praise for both the 23-year-old, whose powerful drive proved to be the match-winner against a determined Bolton outfit, and his managerial counterpart Owen Coyle for how he set out his Trotters side.
But Redknapp was not surprised by the quality of the 38th minute goal saying Huddlestone is well-known in the Tottenham camp for producing efforts like the winner at White Hart Lane.
"A typical Tom strike, right foot, left foot it all comes the same to Tom. He's the cleanest striker of the ball you'd ever wish to see and it was a great finish from him," Redknapp told Sky Sports.
"They (Bolton) were solid. Owen's done a great job with them since he's been there, same as he did at Burnley before.
"He did a fantastic job with Burnley and he's gone to Bolton, pulled them out of relegation problems and they're a solid, good team with dangerous forwards."
In a game which saw plenty of chances created by the in-form Gareth Bale, Spurs seemed good value for their win, however could have rued their missed chances when Bolton's Matthew Taylor twice came within inches of equalising for the visitors late on.
"It was always going to be a tight game, we had good opportunities second half to have got the second goal, we didn't manage to take one," said Redknapp.
"But one-nil, it's three points, that's the most important thing."
The Tottenham chief also lauded defensive duo Michael Dawson and Ledley King for their solid performance which frustrated the Bolton attack.
Spurs had a bit of a scare when Heurelho Gomes pulled up in the final minutes of the game with a groin problem, however Redknapp said he expects it is not as bad as first feared.
With Manchester City standing in their way of keeping fourth spot, the two sides meet on Wednesday for a crunch tie which should determine who will claim the final Champions League place.
On Wednesday's forthcoming game, Redknapp added: "It's massive in so much as it's been a great season for us. We're still right in there, we're still in fourth place and that's where we want to finish."