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Byline: Tom Evans

HARRY REDKNAPP claimed a moral victory after a storming second-half fightback at Villa Park and said: "Top four - why not?" Michael Dawson's superb finish 12 minutes from time earned Spurs a thoroughly deserved point in a 1-1 draw after Gabriel Agbonlahor had scrambled home a 10th-minute opener for Villa.

Spurs battered Villa during the second half and Redknapp suggested that breaking the Big Four stranglehold is a distinct possibility.

"The top two will be Chelsea and Manchester United, with the rest coming from Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Villa and ourselves," he said.

"There's nothing to say that one of us won't break into the top four. I can't sit here and say we've got no chance. We've got 26 points from 14 games and, as we speak, we are third.

Impressive "So why can't we? We aren't a bad team. We have good players. I can see us getting a European spot at the very least."

Redknapp had every right to feel pleased with an impressive showing. Spurs made all the running after Agbonlahor's eighth goal of the season. All that was missing were the points.

"It was one-way traffic in the second half," he said, "we had 14 shots on target to their one.

"We played some great football. The whole squad is playing well at the moment.

"We just passed them to death. They were struggling to get out of their half and Villa are a good side.

"Martin O'Neill would have been pleased to hear that final whistle."

To the Villa manager's credit, he did not shy away from admitting that his side had been on the back foot for long periods.

"We were strong and quick to the ball in the first half and we were able to press," O'Neill said, "I actually thought we were the better side.

"But despite the fact Emile Heskey had a chance late on we were hanging on at the end.

"We had disruption to our defence before kick-off, which wasn't ideal. But our effort and commitment counted for a lot."


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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2009
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