Rose issues thank you message to Tottenham supporters

Crystal Palace's James McArthur (left) and Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose battle for a header during

Crystal Palace's James McArthur (left) and Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose battle for a header during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (pic: Nick Potts/PA Images). - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

The left-back admitted being in the new stadium for the first time was surreal

Danny Rose has thanked Tottenham Hotspur fans for supporting the team at Wembley Stadium while the club’s new home was being built.

While attendances at Brent dwindled this season, the crowds under the arch were largely excellent during the 2017/18 campaign.

Even on occasions this term Spurs have packed out the national stadium, but this year in particular low attendances were recorded against Watford, Newcastle United and Leicester City at Wembley.

It made Tottenham’s return to N17 on Wednesday even more special and after beating Crystal Palace 2-0 in the curtain-raiser, the experienced defender cannot wait to take on Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals next week.

“Obviously it is loads different compared to Wembley,” Rose said. “It was a bit flat towards the end, playing at Wembley, but you can’t hold anything against the fans for that.

“They had a lot of travelling to do and it was not home, so on behalf of the players and the staff, I would like to thank the fans for the year-and-a-half where they have had to make that journey to Wembley.

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“They have been great and against Crystal Palace they really made this place feel like home and we can’t wait to play here again next week (against Man City).”

A special moment occurred before kick-off when the South Stand, which holds 17,500 people in a single tier, started to chant Dele Alli’s song.

It was a sight to savour as the noise reverberated around the venue to give a glimpse into how special the stadium’s atmosphere could be.

What also made the night even better was the fact Tottenham returned to winning ways in the Premier League with Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen on target.

Rose added: “It was a bit surreal at the beginning when we were doing the warm-up. There was a moment where they were signing Dele’s name and we were saying after how loud it was.

“It was an amazing night and we have waited a little bit for this and we are thankful it is here and we are back to winning. It was a good night all-round.”