Harry Redknapp has demanded discipline from his players after watching his side’s scrappy 2-0 win over Newcastle, but he did admit that his side’s class shone through to earn the points nevertheless.
Despite the victory Spurs were once again reduced to 10 men following the sending off of Younes Kaboul. It saw the second consecutive match that Spurs won with a reduced number having seen Jermaine Defoe dismissed in the Boxing Day win over Aston Villa.
Redknapp told Sky Sports: “A fantastic result. We went one-up and then we had a man sent off again and I’m disappointed with that,” he said. You have to keep your discipline at that stage but the lads were fantastic after that.
“We kept the ball well and went and scored another goal with 10 men. It was difficult to get a game going out there. Newcastle worked hard, they were very organised and had three in midfield.
“But we didn’t want to get pulled into a messy game and we got the result in the end with a little bit of class.”
Woodgate to Cardiff.
Cardiff City could be about to offer Jonathan Woodgate a route back to fitness with a shock loan move in January, according to Goal.com .
Harry Redknapp admitted over Christmas that Woodgate could leave the club on loan in order to regain fitness, and Cardiff have emerged as surprise contenders for the former Real Madrid defender’s services.
Any deal would be likely to mirror the loan signing of Craig Bellamy from Man City, where the player’s parent club subsidise his wages. This is something Redknapp will likely be keen to do however, as his priority is getting the defender back to match fitness.
The 30-year-old has been assured he still has a future at White Hart Lane and that the move would be solely for fitness purposes.
Kranjcar set for exit.
Another player set to leave White Hart Lane on loan in January is Niko Kranjcar, who is attracting the interest of Scottish outfit Celtic.
Both player and club would prefer a permanent deal, but Celtic would be wiling to take on the Croatian star’s £45,000 per week wages. It is thought this could ease the possibility of a loan move going ahead in January.
However, the player would cost £6m to purchase outright and it appears unlikely Celtic could afford this – which could put the ball back in the court of reportedly interested clubs Everton and Newcastle.
Kranjcar is still admired by Harry Redknapp but the form of the likes of Rafael van der Vaart, Gareth Bale and compatriot Luka Modric has seen the former Portsmouth star moved to the fringes of the squad.
Former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan reportedly wanted to sign Kranjcar while the midfielder was still at Hajduk Split, but should the Toffees’ and Magpies’ interest in the player be cemented with a formal offer a temporary move to Celtic Park would appear less likely.
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