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Redknapp rewarded for going on the attack

Harry Redknapp was in buoyant mood after his positive tactics helped set up a 4-1 win over FC Twente in Tottenham Hotspur's first ever Champions League game at White Hart Lane.

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Goals from Rafael Van der Vaart, Roman Pavlyuchenko (2) and Gareth Bale provided the victory over FC Twente in a rain-soaked North London.

"We picked an open team who went for it,'' said Redknapp. "We could have played with one up with Van der Vaart behind, but went for it and got four goals.

"It was a fantastic result. We won 4-1 so I picked the right team. It's not a problem. You pick different teams for different games. I felt we'd take a chance but there are certain games where you wouldn't do that. It was a great night for us. It was a great atmosphere and we won the game 4-1. You can't do much more than that.

"It was exciting stuff. The first two penalties were blatant and I don't know how you couldn't give them. Crouch was pulled down, wrestled to the floor. For the second one Bale beat the fella like he did all night and was pulled down. It was a blatant penalty.

"On the third the ball travelled a long way and it was a soft penalty but you see them given. There was nothing wrong with Van der Vaart's goal and it was a fantastic finish from Bale at the end. There's still a long way to go and Twente are a good team. They showed enough against us to show they're dangerous opposition. They have a great home record.

"It's a win and we put it to bed until the next round when we go to Milan and play in what will be a very tough game against Inter.''


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