Tottenham boss hails Defoe and Lennon

Spurs ace Jermain Defoe scored five while Peter Crouch, Aaron Lennon, Niko Kranjcar and an own goal from Chris Kirkland secured the win for Spurs.

“The whole team, everybody worked and played well and for Jermain to go and get five goals was a real outstanding performance,” he told Sky Sports.

“He’s looked like that yesterday in training, the day before in training, he looks so sharp that I just thought if he can carry that into the game he’s going to be a real handful today for their back four.

“All the strikers have been in great form. Robbie’s (Keane) had a four this year, now Jermain’s had five, Crouchy’s (Peter) had a three. So it’s nice to have your strikers all scoring goals.”

“Second half we took some great goals,” Redknapp added. “We started the game well, scored early on, Peter Crouch scored and I felt we started really bright.

“We had 23 minutes or so where we really got after them and made lots of good chances.

“Then they came in the game in the last 20 minutes of the half, and started to play – I came in at half time and said we’ve got to get back and start the way we started the game.

“We decided to press them and work them and we stepped off that for 20 minutes at the end of the first half, but we came out second half and got back to doing that again.

“You don’t get too many nines in the Premier League. I feel genuinely, I have got so much time and respect for their manager, I think he really is a fantastic young manager.

“The work he did at Swansea and what he’s carried on at Wigan, and the way he gets his teams to play – I think he’s going right to the top.

“It’s a bad day for him but he’ll come back from that even stronger, he’ll learn a lot about his team and everything today and I’m sure next week they’ll take it out on somebody else.”