Harry Redknapp has reiterated his belief that Tottenham are title contenders after hailing the feelgood factor within the club.
Redknapp first aired such a suggestion following a 3-2 victory over bitter rivals Arsenal five weeks ago, and he did so again after the 2-1 victory at Aston Villa on Sunday in which Spurs played for over an hour with 10 men in the wake of Jermain Defoe's dismissal.
Redknapp rightly recognises Tottenham are long shots as they stand fifth, seven points behind unbeaten Manchester United who have also played a game less.
But after witnessing the spirit and resilience of his players in the face of adversity at Villa Park, Redknapp feels it would be foolish to write off his side.
"I've not changed my mind," insisted Redknapp after being asked whether he maintained his view on his side's title aspirations.
He then immediately added: "But we are massive outsiders – 33-1 or whatever – and that's about right I suppose."
Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan misses today's trip to Tottenham through suspension.
The 28-year-old collected his fifth booking of the season for a foul during Sunday's 3-1 home defeat by Manchester City.