Redknapp blames Tottenham defeat on defending

Harry Redknapp has blamed bad defending for his side’s 5-2 defeat at the hands of Arsenal yesterday, reports BBC Football.

Tottenham went two up through an early Louis Saha deflected effort, and Emmanuel Adebayor’s penalty, but went in for half time level after conceding two goals in quick succession. They then capitulated in the second half, conceding three more goals without reply, to leave their lead in the race for third place reduced to seven points. The result also sees any faint title hopes Spurs may have had put to bed, with the gap between them and League leaders Manchester City now up to ten points.

Despite the set-back, Redknapp defended the result as a blip. “We didn’t defend well all over the park and it was a big problem,” he said. “We let people run, and that’s not like us. We have to keep going – we’ve been great all year. We had a bad day and are all disappointed, but with credit to Arsenal, they played ever so well.”

Despite the gap between third and fourth being cut, Redknapp remained confident that Spurs will not surrender their hold on third place, saying, “We want that third spot – that’s what we’re after. We have to make Champions League football.”

Tottenham’s next opportunity to bounce-back from defeat will come next weekend as Spurs welcome reigning champions Manchester United to White Hart Lane.

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