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Wednesday 16 November 2011

Van der Vaart hails 'amazing' defence

Playmaker praises backline's contribution to Spurs' six-match unbeaten run

Tottenham's Rafael van der Vaart has been in superb form this season

Rafael van der Vaart has lavished praise on the performance of Tottenham Hotspur's patched-up defence.

Spurs stretched their unbeaten run to six matches on Sunday with a 2-1 win at Blackburn Rovers courtesy of two goals from Van der Vaart.

The Club have now lost just once - against Stoke City in the Carling Cup - since the 5-1 defeat to Manchester City on 28th August, despite injuries to first-choice centre-half pairing William Gallas and Michael Dawson.

Both players are out long-term with respective calf and Achilles injuries, while Ledley King has suffered another groin problem, leaving Younes Kaboul and Sebastien Bassong as the Club's only two fit central defenders.

Kaboul in particular has been widely praised for his displays by manager Harry Redknapp and Van der Vaart said the Frenchman did a good job in stifling a fierce aerial bombardment from their physical opponents at Ewood Park on Sunday.

"When you score you're always in the headlines, but I think the defenders were amazing. This season they've been unbelievable for us," said Netherlands international Van der Vaart.

"It's my second time here (at Ewood Park), they play with throw-ins, corner kicks and long balls. It's really difficult to win here. It's a massive compliment to the boys that we did."

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Key Points

  • Van der Vaart hails Spurs' defensive resolve
  • First-choice centre-backs Gallas and Dawson injured
  • Kaboul and Bassong have excelled in their absence