Belfast Telegraph

Assured Tottenham back in top four

Tottenham returned to the top four in the Barclays Premier League after a comfortable 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Blackburn at White Hart Lane.

Despite winning only one of their previous nine league games, Harry Redknapp's side were on top for almost the entire 90 minutes with their opponents not managing a single effort on goal.

Rafael van der Vaart opened the scoring in the first half but it took the hosts until the 74th minute to secure the points as Kyle Walker hit an unstoppable 30-yard free-kick past Paul Robinson.

Spurs should have taken the lead in the opening minute as Luka Modric skipped into the box and squared for Aaron Lennon, who could only fire into the side netting from five yards out.

The home side had a stranglehold on proceedings from the off and Sandro almost put them in front in the ninth minute, but his long-range effort came back off the crossbar.

They finally got it right in the 22nd minute as Lennon's cross was met by the head of Gareth Bale with his effort bouncing off the crossbar and to the feet of Van der Vaart, who tapped home from close range.

As the game wore on the Blackburn players looked to tire and more fouls were conceded as a result, boss Steve Kean then introduced striker Anthony Modeste as a direct replacement for Yakubu to jeers from the travelling Rovers fans.

Another foul was conceded by the visitors in the 74th minute when David Dunn brought down Lennon with full-back Walker looking to take aim.

The recently-crowned PFA Young Player of the Year did not disappoint as he hit an unstoppable 30-yard free-kick past Robinson as Spurs sealed the points.

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