Redknapp hails Pavlyuchenko
Spurs boss delighted with forward's winner against Rubin
By Subhankar Mondal. Last Updated: 21/10/11 8:55am
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has described Roman Pavlyuchenko as "a great striker of the ball" following his stunning strike against Rubin Kazan on Thursday evening.
Pavlyuchenko scored the only goal in Spurs' 1-0 home win against the Russian side in their Europa League Group A fixture at White Hart Lane with a free-kick from just outside the penalty area.
Redknapp was pleased with the 29-year-old's performance against a club from his homeland and insisted that he always had faith in his abilities.
"He is a great striker of the ball," said the Spurs boss. "He really can hit a ball.
"When he lined it up I had a feeling he was going to score because he is a very clean striker of the football.
"He's got two great feet. Technically he's a top, top player - there was never any doubt about that. It was good to see him score."
Reflecting further on his team's performance, Redknapp enthused: "They are a good side, Rubin.
"They are just as I expected them to be. It was a good result for us.
"I didn't want to over-stretch too many of senior players and one or two of the young kids like Jake Livermore and Tom Carroll did well."
The win means that Spurs are now in pole position in the group with seven points from three matches, two ahead of second-placed PAOK Salonika, who defeated Shamrock Rovers 2-1 at home in Greece on Thursday.
Rubin are a point behind PAOK in third and will host Spurs in two weeks' time, but Redknapp said that he will rest his best players for the trip to Russia because of commitments in the Premier League.
"I will be taking a very, very young team out to Russia now for sure for the second game," said the 64-year-old.
"I find the competition difficult to be honest. There are so many games, so much travelling and the league is our priority."