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Feb 22, 2011

Redknapp rails at wasteful finishing

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp blamed his side's 3-1 defeat at Blackpool on poor finishing after his strikers missed a hatful of chances at Bloomfield Road.

Spurs could have gone third in the Premier League on Tuesday but instead were brought back down to earth after their famous Champions League win over AC Milan last week.

Roman Pavlyuchenko missed two great opportunities until his deflected strike gave Spurs a late consolation goal and a couple of goal-line clearances and some superb saves by goalkeeper Richard Kingson kept Spurs out.

"I've never seen a team miss so many open goals in my life since I've been in football," Redknapp told Sky Sports. "I keep seeing them miss chances from three yards out, four yards out, six yards out and they can't score and hitting people on the line, it's unbelievable really.

"We started ok and gave away a penalty under no pressure. It's poor to give away a penalty when we did and it gives them a lift.

"Full credit to them, they've done fantastic, but then we get on top and right on half time they push forward and we go in 2-0 down.

"So then we come out second half and it is chance after chance after chance, just needed one goal and the game would have turned upside down. But they just kept missing them, it's unreal.

"We knew it would be difficult tonight. I watched them against Man United when they were 2-0 up, Man United got a goal back and it changed the whole game.

"We needed that goal tonight, at 2-1 I would have taken a draw, but with all the chances we had, I felt we could have won the game.

"We gave a couple of very sloppy goals away on the break, but what can you do? We've been on a good run and have had four straight wins, and obviously I was looking for five but it wasn't to be.

"But credit to Blackpool, they've done unbelievable. It's great for the people of Blackpool, the fans and team and everybody for what they've done. But we've just got to pick ourselves up now and go again."

Meanwhile, Blackpool boss Ian Holloway could barely put into words how pleased he was with his team after their triumph, to five points clear of the relegation zone.

"I don't think there is a word that has been written, printed or ever produced in the dictionary that I can use for how pleased I am," Holloway said.

"For all those scenarios that could have happened, and in the second half, looked like they were going to happen, and how depressed I would have been if they had gone on and taken a few more of their chances, I still don't believe my boys would have deserved that.

"I don't think we got what we deserved against Manchester City or Manchester United here and it looked like Tottenham were going to be too good for us, but we got the third goal at an absolutely vital time.

"I'd like to say thank you to all my lads, the new ones and the old ones - to Brett, because no-one deserves it more than him. It was a fantastic night for everyone connected with the club."

He added: "Does that make us better than AC Milan? I don't think so! But does that make up for some of the things that have happened recently? Probably."

With 11 games to go in their maiden Premier League campaign, Blackpool have given themselves a real chance of beating the drop, although Holloway believes they will need more than their current tally of 32 points to guarantee survival.

"What my lads are doing and the gaps they are bridging at this level from where we should be is just phenomenal," Holloway said.

"Last season 32 points would have kept us up but we know we are going to need at least a few more, so let's get on with what we have to do next, which is Wolves away."

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