Sir Bobby delighted with three points

Last updated : 29 December 2002 By Martyn Elliott

Speed opens the scoring
Sir Bobby

"It was a ding-dong game. You have to applaud Tottenham too. They were not afraid of us and came here to win.

"It was an absorbing game with chances at both ends. We had players out, but revamped the side and made good chances.

"I am delighted at the players really. It was a tough match on a pudding of a pitch. The back four looked solid. On the break we always looked dangerous. It was a terrific game and the fans must have been delighted.

"I thought we were magnificent at the back, especially when we had to make all the changes by putting Steve Caldwell to right back when Nikos came on.

"They all marshalled each other well, they held their line well and that’s good against a team like Spurs with so many attacking options.

"We’ve gifted them their goal, and it just makes me wonder what happens when we play away from home because we have defended superbly well at home over the last few games.

"I thought we were comfortable at 2-0, but when they scored it’s natural to get a bit egdy.

"A third goal would have killed the game off but it just wouldn’t come.

"Nevertheless it’s a fantastic result and a very important three points for us."

Alan Shearer

"We got a lot of criticism after the defeat at Bolton. We had a point to prove and I thought we came out and proved that. We defended really well when we needed to.

"We cost ourselves with defeat at Bolton, and if that had gone our way, who knows?

"But we won't give it up. I am not saying we are going to win it, but we might have a say in it."

Glen Hoddle

"Why were we standing there like dummies? (for Shearer’s goal)

"I wasn't sure if the ref got the throw-in decision right at first but now I think he was probably right.

"If we give goals away like that we are going to struggle.

"It (a draw) would have been fair. We played very well in the first half, got into some good positions and should have been leading instead of chasing the game.

"We deserved a draw. In the last 10 to 15 minutes we were controlling the game."