North London derby thriller

Bentley "buzzing" after volley

October 30, 2008

David Bentley silenced the jeers from Arsenal fans and wanted to fly home "like superman" after Tottenham sealed a thrilling fightback against their rivals at the Emirates Stadium.

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Bentley, a former Gunners player, was booed throughout but netted with a stunning volley to open the scoring in the 4-4 draw, with Harry Redknapp's magic touch working again.

"I feel like superman, I could fly home," Bentley said.

New boss Redknapp wants his side to use the point as the turning point for Spurs' season. They are still bottom of the Premier League but confidence is high following Aaron Lennon's last-gasp leveller.

Redknapp's week is getting better and better after his appointment on Sunday and the win over Bolton on the same day.

They looked set for a defeat when Arsenal went 4-2 ahead but Jermaine Jenas found the top corner a minute from full-time, then Lennon struck at the death.

"It's going to be a long season, but there was a great atmosphere in that dressing room now," Redknapp said.

Bentley added: "Arsenal knocked the the ball about and they are a hard team to play against but we showed character and spirit.

"We showed we are a top team willing to fight for every point. I'm buzzing.

"You're going to get criticised when you're not performing and certain things have gone on but we have sorted them out and we're going in the right direction now."

After Bentley's moment of magic, Mikael Silvestre and William Gallas headed Arsenal into the lead, then Emmanuel Adebayor bundled in his eighth goal in seven starts against Spurs.

Darren Bent came on and pulled one back, then Robin van Persie restored the two-goal advantage before the frantic finale.

Lennon's leveller had Redknapp dancing in the dugout.

"I thought I was David Pleat running up the touchline when we scored," he said. "I don't usually do that. I don't have a suit or shoes that colour, mind you."

Redknapp added: "I've tried to make them believe in themselves. There's ability in the squad. Bring on Liverpool. We'll give them a good go on Saturday."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, was furious after watching his side throw away a match they were in control of.

The Frenchman blamed naivety.

"I am angry," Wenger said. "We have to look at ourselves and improve. The players are very down. We were two levels above Tottenham and they were there for the taking. It was damaging."

He added: "On the positive side, we were really superior to Tottenham, produced the game we wanted, lots of energy in the game.

"The only down side is we didn't win. That was down a little bit to a lack of maturity. I would like to keep the positives tonight because I believe we were really outstanding. We were too cautious rather than scoring number five or six. The right pass would have seen us score.

"The maturity problem will improve with intelligence. They will learn from their mistakes."

Wenger refused to blame the arrival of Redknapp as the factor in throwing away the lead.

"With two minutes to go, there was no Harry Redknapp factor," Wenger said.