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Redknapp: Don't blame Crouch

Harry Redknapp has urged Tottenham fans not to hold a grudge against Peter Crouch over his damaging dismissal against Real Madrid.

Redknapp admits Crouch's confidence has been hit by the sending off that cost Spurs dearly in their 4-0 defeat to Real Madrid, but he has called on the fans to remember that without the striker's seven European goals, the club would not have made the last eight.

''Crouchy has been low and feels he's let everybody down, but you have to remember that without Crouchy we wouldn't have been there,'' Redknapp said. ''His goals took us to the quarter-finals. He has won games for us. He's a great lad and I have got so much time for him as a person and a player. He's sorry for what he did but we have to move on.''

Having beaten both Milan heavyweights to get to the quarter-finals, there was a clear sense of disappointment as the players filed out of the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

Redknapp insists, however, that the first-leg defeat has not dented his team's confidence, and he is now determined to put their nightmare trip to the Spanish capital behind them.

''We're in a fantastic mood. I have not had to lift the players,'' Redknapp said. ''We've had a great season, with one bit of a blip the other day.

''I was ok, I wasn't on the floor when I got home or anything. I got home at 5.30 in the morning, had a cup of tea and took the dogs for a walk. I was fine. I've got nothing to get low about. It was a disappointing game but I couldn't come away feeling we hadn't worked as hard as we could.

''Playing with 10 against the incredible players they have is impossible. We did an incredible job hanging in there.''

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