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The Spurs assistant admitted that his side could not play its usual passing game as much as it would have liked but was pleased with an impressive defensive showing

Tottenham assistant manager Kevin Bond has hailed Spurs' versatility after a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

Bond was given sole charge of the north London outfit on Monday night, with Harry Redknapp, who was set to travel to Liverpool after appearing in court in the capital, having his flight canceled due to what is believed to have been a technical fault with the plane.

The 54-year-old praised a performance which saw Spurs exhibit their determination in defense as opposed to the fast-paced attacking football for which they have been known this season.

"We’re noted this season for the manner in which we play our free-flowing football but we weren’t able to do that as much as we would have liked," he told reporters after the match. "I think we had a spell latterly in the first half where we kept the ball a little bit better and grew in confidence but we never really took that on so well in the second half so it was a different type of display from us today. "

He also praised Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina for a one-on-one stop on Gareth Bale late in the second half that proved decisive.

"Credit to the goalkeeper, he made it really difficult for Gareth [Bale] but overall we were really pleased with the manner in which the lads approached the game and applied themselves," Bond added.

The Spurs No.2 also dismissed claims that any of his squad had been rested rather than injured and gave his views on the yellow card received by Martin Skrtel for a full-blooded challenge on Bale.

"I don’t think so. Gareth took a knock but I never like to see anyone get sent off," Bond replied when asked if the tackle merited a red card. "It was a hard but fair contest and I didn’t see any problem with anything really."

The former Norwich defender went on to express his sympathy for the absent Redknapp, insisting that watching from home is often more difficult.

"Harry would give the teamtalk and he was unable to do that, he just couldn’t quite get here," he continued.  "We knew the side and we knew the way we were going to play but it was just a different voice giving the instructions out to the players but most the lads know pretty much what’s expected from them. Obviously he’s our leader and you want him here as much as he wants to be here. Hopefully though all’s well that ends well and he’ll be pleased with a point as well."

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