Belfast Telegraph

Redknapp grateful to Levy

Harry Redknapp thanked Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy for meddling in his transfer affairs after watching Rafael van der Vaart help complete a remarkable late comeback against Wolves.

New signing Van der Vaart was the class act on the pitch after shaking off a calf strain to start his third game in a week as Spurs scored three times in the final 13 minutes to record their first Barclays Premier League home win of the season. The Holland midfielder cancelled out Steven Fletcher's opener from the penalty spot before substitutes Roman Pavyluchenko and Alan Hutton sealed a 3-1 victory.

Van der Vaart joined Spurs in a last-gasp £8million move from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day. Although manager Redknapp had mentioned him to Levy over the summer, it was the Spurs supremo who made the move for the 27-year-old. And Redknapp said: "Yeah, probably. He was on a list that we'd bandied about three months ago. I watched him play for Holland against Norway in Amsterdam and liked him. He's a good player and he'll link in with how we want to play."

Despite Van der Vaart's best efforts, Spurs had looked set for another Champions League hangover following their defeat by Wigan in their last home game.

Redknapp said: "I wasn't at all disappointed with how we played. I was disappointed to be 1-0 down, obviously.

"But I couldn't criticise the players for the way we tried to play, the way we moved the ball around.

"I thought we did as well as we could and made opportunities. We just needed to stick one away. And when the chances came, it was important we tried to finish them."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy was angry both with his players for throwing away their lead and with referee Mike Jones for failing to award the visitors a first-half penalty.

"We've contrived to give that away, I think, to be honest with you," McCarthy said. "We were certainly the architects of our own downfall by allowing them to open us up and then get the penalty."

On the incident that saw Matt Jarvis go down in the box under a challenge from Gallas, McCarthy added: "I thought it was a stonewall penalty. Theirs was a stonewall. I doubt very much he (Jones) wasn't going to give that one."

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