Match-winner Lennon remains focused
Aaron Lennon played down Tottenham Hotspur's chances of upsetting the big four after today's 2-1 victory at West Ham United. Lennon netted the winner at Upton Park, after Jermain Defoe's goal - his sixth for club and country this season - had cancelled out Carlton Cole's opener for the Hammers. Harry Redknapp's men have won their first three games of the Barclays Premier League season, but Lennon said there is no chance of Spurs getting carried away.
He said: "We'll take it a game at a time. It's still early doors." The former Leeds United winger continued: "Obviously after their goal the crowd got on their back, which lifted them, but it lifted us too.
"We are working hard; this was our third match in a week so it's been difficult, but we kept going and we're glad we got the victory. I didn't see my goal go in, but I knew I'd hit it quite well."
Defoe added: "It was a great performance in the second half, the first half was a bit stale. Their goal woke us up a little bit, but in the second half we showed good energy and great spirit."
The striker's goal owed much to a poor ball from Cole and Defoe explained: "I think Carlton tried passing back to Matthew Upson. It was a bit of a misunderstanding, but I was pleased to get the chance and see it go in."
Bright start for Spurs
Today's victory means Tottenham have made their best start to a top flight campaign since 1960, when they went on to win the title under Bill Nicholson. And Redknapp said: "I think Bill was a bit better than me. That was a fantastic team, I saw them play as a kid. I saw an awful lot of that team and if we get anywhere near them we'll be delighted.
Regarding today's match, the 62-year-old continued: "It was a tight game. They had a few chances as well, but I'm pleased to come back from one down, it shows a lot of character.
"We are an open side, a bit gung-ho and even at 2-1 we had four forwards stuck up there going for it. But that's the way we play and I think we'll score goals this season, we'll get at teams," Redknapp said.
"We've been working hard on pressing and working teams. If we can do that and stop teams working it's hard for them. Watching Barcelona last season, they played when they had the ball, but they pressed and made it hard to play against them. We try to get our forwards working and closing down when we haven't got the ball.
"We've had a good start - a great home win against Liverpool, who we beat fair and square, then we were fantastic at Hull," he said. "It was tough today, it was hot. West Ham had a break in midweek and they were bright today, but we came out on top and it's a great result."
On the goal which got his team level, Redknapp explained: "He [Cole] was a threat today, he's looking a good player and took a good goal. But unfortunately for them he played it to the wrong man. And if you give Jermain those opportunities he doesn't miss." On the winner, he added: "Aaron is looking sharp and quick too. It was a great finish, he came inside and finished it ever so well. He looked quick and bright today, it was good."
Hammers manager Gianfranco Zola believes his team were worth a point. He explained: "I'm disappointed because I don't think it's a fair result, probably a draw would have been a better result.
"I was pleased the way we played the whole game, but this is the Premier League and if you want the ambition to challenge, you can't really afford to make any mistakes from the first minute.
"Carlton has made a mistake on their goal, but he created our goal from nothing so he doesn't have to be disappointed about that," he said. "We want to be challenging high level teams and we need to be sure we don't make mistakes. He knows that, we all know that.
"We don't like losing so we tried until the end, but we couldn't get a goal and that's a pity. But we'll learn a lot from this game." Asked about speculation linking central defender James Collins with a move to Aston Villa, whose manager Martin O'Neill was in the Upton Park stands, Zola added: "I don't know. I'm more concerned about today's game."