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IT'S GOOD TO TALK: Hudd reveals secrets of Harry's success

PUBLISHED: 12:45 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:36 07 September 2010

TOM Huddlestone this week revealed the secret behind Harry Redknapp s transformation at Spurs – talking with his players. Since taking over from the sacked Juande Ramos just over two weeks ago, Redknapp has steered Tottenham to three wins in four Premier

TOM Huddlestone this week revealed the secret behind Harry Redknapp's transformation at Spurs - talking with his players.

Since taking over from the sacked Juande Ramos just over two weeks ago, Redknapp has steered Tottenham to three wins in four Premier League games.

And on Wednesday night the Lilywhites booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup with a resounding 4-2 win over Liverpool at the Lane.

Huddlestone, who found himself out in the cold with Ramos, has started all six games under Redknapp - and has publicly thanked the former Pompey boss with saving his Tottenham career.

"The main thing Harry's done is to tell us we are all good players over and over again and to believe in ourselves," Huddlestone told Express Sport.

"It's as simple as that. Harry's given everyone a lift and we've managed to put our start to the season to one side.

"We knew we were still good players. We didn't become bad players overnight. It was just a case of having a fresh start and being confident. There has been a change in fortune here because under the previous boss I started only one game out of the first 12, which was so disappointing.

"You always fear the worst when you are not playing, especially when you are not getting a game in a side that is not winning.

"If the team had been winning then fair enough, but when they are losing, things do go through your mind. But since Harry has come in it has been a fresh start for everybody. Under him I played five out of five so far and we've done fairly well, so hopefully that will continue."

Although Darren Bent has been grabbing the headlines with his goals - he scored a hat-trick in the 4-0 Uefa Cup romp over Dinamo Zagreb last Thursday and both goals in Sunday's 2-1 success at Manchester City - Huddlestone has played a big part in both wins.

The England Under-21 star scored one of the goals of the season against Zagreb - volleying home David Bentley's corner from the edge of the area - and set up two of Bent's three.

Spurs head to Craven Cottage tomorrow in search of another win which could move them into mid-table. The Lilywhites are 16th, just five points behind ninth-placed Portsmouth.

pat.mooney@hamhigh.co.uk


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