Redknapp urges Spurs to keep playing for pleasure


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Harry Redknapp hopes Tottenham can harness their gathering momentum at Ewood Park tomorrow.

Since their 5-1 defeat to Manchester City in August, Spurs are unbeaten in nine games, including home wins over Liverpool and Arsenal.

They travel to Blackburn tomorrow and Redknapp hopes to maintain their run and their style of play. "We want to keep that going," he said. "We've got good spirit here, we're in good form and playing well. I like us when we play, I like the way we play football."

Redknapp put the loss to City down to a lack of midfield options. "We had an open team [against City]," he added. "It was too open a team, I had no choices that day. I had Niko Kranjcar playing central midfield. But we're a stronger team now: Sandro's coming back and Scott Parker's made a massive difference."

The arrivals of Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor have energised Spurs, and Redknapp has a selection issue over whom to partner with the Togolese. "The biggest problem I've had is whether I play Rafael van der Vaart or Jermain Defoe with him," he said. "Van der Vaart's scored in the last three games, and Defoe scored on Sunday [at Newcastle]."