Michael Dawson has admitted that the past couple of weeks have felt unusual with Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp not being around due to his current trial for alleged tax evasion.
Redknapp was forced to leave assistants Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan in charge for the 0-0 draw with Liverpool, after he was unable to board a plane to Merseyside following a day in court.
And Speaking after the match, Dawson said it felt strange not having the Spurs boss at training but insisted the players still had a job to do without him there.
“To be honest, it has been a bit odd without him being there at training,” he told reporters.
“He is the manager and normally every day you come in, he’s there and you work on things.
“So when you go through a spell when he’s not there it’s going to feel strange, isn’t it? But we’ve kept our heads down. The rest of the coaching team have kept our heads on it, and we’re professional.
“Kevin Bond did the team talk [before the goalless draw at Anfield] and even then we weren’t sure if he [Redknapp] was going to arrive or not.
“The lads have prepared like we always do. But when the manager isn’t there, you’re going to miss him, no doubt about that. The lads were fantastic, though.”
Midfielder Scott Parker also hailed the point earned at Anfield, pointing out that Spurs were missing a number of first-team players at a ground where Manchester United had recently lost.
“If you look at that point at Liverpool, given how many players we had out, that says everything,” he said.
“If someone had said at the start of the season we could go to Anfield without [Jermain] Defoe, Lennon, [Younès] Kaboul, [Rafael] Van der Vaart and [William] Gallas and not really look like losing, I’m not sure too many would have believed it.
“So that’s a real mark of where we are now. It’s clear to see, as everyone knows, our squad is strong. I just think it’s our mentality. That’s now that even when we come to places like Anfield we’re not going to roll over easily. I think that was the key.”