Harry hails fantastic Spurs

Boss delighted with win but says Flamini should have been off

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Harry Redknapp hailed a fantastic performance from Tottenham after his side pulled off a memorable victory over AC Milan.

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Peter Crouch netted the only goal of the game after good work from Aaron Lennon to give the London side the advantage ahead of their UEFA Champions League last-16 second leg at White Hart Lane.

Jonathan Woodgate returned for Redknapp's side from a long absence as a second-half substitute for the injured Vedran Corluka, who was caught by a two-footed tackle from former Arsenal man Mathieu Flamini.

The Spurs boss told Sky Sports 2: "It was a fantastic performance, the lads were absolutely brilliant tonight weren't they?

"First half I thought we were by far and away the better team, we knew the stuff would come and they would put some pressure on and it's hard not to drop deep when you get put under a bit of pressure but the lads were magnificent at the back and we hit them on the break and got the goal and it was well deserved to be honest."

He added he had told his players to feed Lennon as much as possible during his team talk at the interval.

Had beating

"I said at half time we had to keep giving the ball to Aaron Lennon because he really had the beating of the left back all day," he said.

"We had to keep trying to get him on the ball as much as possible.

"But the back four stood firm. Obviously I lost Corluka and took a gamble really bringing Jonathan Woodgate on but I just felt his experience would be vital, it was a case of knowing where to be at the right time and I felt that Jonathan could give us that."

But Redknapp re-iterated his praise of everyone involved in the victory, adding: "The whole team were magnificent, everyone of them did their jobs tonight.

"You hear the crowd singing - it's a great night for them, it's a great night for Tottenham."

The Spurs boss believed Flamini should have received his marching orders for the 'dangerous' tackle on Corluka.

After being shown the replay, he said: "That's a red card all day - how do you not get a red card for that?

"It's an absolute disgrace - they should look at that surely and they should do something about that, that is a dangerous, dangerous tackle."

Gennaro Gattuso clashed with Redknapp's assistant Joe Jordan both during and after the game but the Spurs boss did not want to comment on the controversy.