Losing to West Ham yesterday has ended a week most Spurs fans would like to forget,after earlier being unceremoniously dumped out of the Carling cup at home to near rivals Arsenal, albeit fielding an under strength team. It was always going to be about prioritising for the coming season and Harry set his stall out on Wednesday when he appeared to write off the CC as a game too far. Thats fine, league game coming up followed by CL group game, you can’t argue with that…unless of course you lose all three?
Harry has done a fantastic job since taking over from Ramos and exceeded all expectations, despite that there are still those amongst Spurs fans who cannot or will not forget his past association with West Ham and other clubs. If there is one thing Harry can be criticised for, it’s his willingness to give good copy to the press often portraying him in an unfavourable light. Here are some of his comments as reported post match yesterday………
Tottenham manager H.arry Redknapp has admitted that it was good to see his old side West Ham United claim a much needed win, but admitted his disappointment that his side failed to score from any of their chances.
The Hammers ran out 1-0 winners in the London derby at Upton Park, thanks to Frederic Piquionne’s first-half strike.
And Redknapp, who spent eight years as a player at Upton Park, notching 172 appearances, before a seven-year spell as manager, praised the performance of the Hammers.
“It’s disappointing in the end but full credit to them, West Ham, it’s good to see them get a win, they needed a win, but we’re disappointed we didn’t get the three points as well,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“It was an exciting game for the neutrals I’m sure today. It was end to end stuff, it was like a basketball game: we attacked, they attacked, we attacked, they attacked.”
Tottenham missed a glorious chance to level the match in the second half, when, after rounding West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green, Tom Huddlestone blazed his shot over the crossbar with the goal gaping, and Redknapp conceded that football has a way of throwing these things up.
“There were chances galore for both teams and we had a great chance second-half, and Green’s pulled off a couple of great saves first-half for them,” Redknapp added.
“Their ‘keeper’s [Rob Green] pulled off a couple of world-class saves, so has our ‘keeper, but they stuck their chance away, and we had some great chances but couldn’t stick one away, but that’s how it goes.”
Very magnaminous of you Harry but a word of warning, even the most succesful of managers need only a few defeats for the fans to turn on them, for we of the football fraternity are a fickle, fickle bunch. Try and look the least bit bothered when giving the interview of the defeated manager and please give some indication you’ve identified the impotence in our strikeforce rather than suggest we were thwarted by another inspired display of goalkeeping.