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Harry Redknapp Lauds ‘Fantastic’ Scott Parker After Tottenham Defeat QPR At White Hart Lane

The Spurs boss believes the England man is the type of player you build teams around, with the summer signing yet to lose since arriving at the club

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes he can build a team around Scott Parker after the midfielder contributed to a London derby victory over QPR.

A double from Gareth Bale and a strike from Rafael van der Vaart helped secure victory for the White Hart Lane outfit, but Redknapp was extremely impressed with the performance of the former West Ham midfielder.

“Parker's a fantastic player, fantastic player," he told Sky Sports. "I chased him all summer and I said to the chairman from the first day that I came back to pre-season training, that Scott Parker is the player that I want at this club.

“He was top of my list, so in the end we finally got there, but he’s just what we need, the crowd love him, he’s in there, he tackles, he can play, he’s got everything you need to be a fantastic all round player and a great boy and a fantastic person and he’s what you build good football clubs around, people like him.”

“It’s a fantastic team, a good team that play great football, I enjoy watching us play, I enjoy being part of that team, so I don’t know where the three years have gone out of our lives, it’s scary, but we’ve got a good team here.”

Redknapp was delighted with Spurs' first-half performance, insisting that his side could and probably should have gone in at half-time with a bigger lead.

“Fantastic performance first half, we played some great football, moving the ball quickly, the movement, the passing was incredible I felt and you knew they would come back, we could have been three, four or five up first half," he continued.

“I’m sure Neil [Warnock] was pleased to come in only two down, but they changed how they played, they got forward, they played with more intensity and had a good little spell and they got a goal back.

“The keeper [Paddy Kenny] kept making saves when we did, still have chances, then Gareth finished them off with a great goal, but overall I felt we were outstanding today.”

“They were looking to get back in it," he added. "We probably felt we should be home and hosed and the game should be over and it wasn’t and suddenly they got a lifeline at 2-1 and it changes games, 2-0, dangerous scoreline, 2-1, game on, 3-1, 3-0, game over, the third goals important.”

Nonetheless, Redknapp was unhappy with how Tottenham started the second period, conceding that his side appeared to take their foot off the pedal.

“I said at half time that we mustn’t relax second half, we’ve got to really go for the game because we could have been three or four or five up, but we’ve got to make sure we don’t slack off.

“To be fair to them Neil must have got into them a little bit at half time and they came out and they raised their game and they gave us a sterner second half than they did in the first.”

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