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Spurs boss reflects on another set-back as Nikica Jelavic's first-half strike dents push for Champions League qualification but praises the job David Moyes has done at Everton

Harry Redknapp called on his players to “keep believing” after seeing his Tottenham side taste defeat for the third consecutive time against Everton on Saturday.

Leading fourth-placed Arsenal by a margin of 10 points just two weeks ago, the gap could be as little as one point come Monday night after three losses on the trot, leaving their automatic Champions League qualification hopes hanging by a thread.

With a trip to Chelsea next up for Redknapp’s charges, three points were a must against the league’s 13th-placed side, however a first half Nikica Jelavic goal, his first for his new club, meant Tottenham travelled back to London empty-handed.

 “We’ve lost away to Arsenal, away to Everton and at home to Man United, they’re always going to be tough games,” Redknapp told reporters.

“Two of those games we didn’t deserve to lose – today and against Man United - but that’s football.

“I didn’t say [Spurs would be at the top] other people might have said that but I have enough common sense and knew enough about football to realise that wasn’t the case.

“I said all along 10 points can evaporate quickly and I looked at the fixtures knew that going away to Arsenal, Man United, Everton and Chelsea they are tough games and we knew it could turn.

“We’re still in a better position than the other teams so we just have to keep going, keep believing and we’ll go again."

Redknapp feels his team were hard done by after an improved performance in the second half, with them coming close to levelling late-on when Louis Saha's close range shot was parried onto the post by Tim Howard in added time.

He added: "They got the goal but it wasn’t as if our keeper had been overworked but second half we picked the pace up and got after them and it was one-way traffic. We hardly came out of their half in the second half.

"We had a great chance at the end which I thought Louis might have scored. He might have thought he was offside but he wasn’t but it’s how it goes. You win some that you don’t deserve to win and sometimes you get beat when you don’t deserve to lose."

The Tottenham boss explained his decision to start Gareth Bale on the right-wing, as the Welshman put in a below-par performance following his return to the team from injury.

"I switched him today because we haven’t got a wide right player. People can play off the left; Niko Krancjar, Luka Modric, but there’s nobody at the club apart from Aaron Lennon and David Bentley who can play wide right so it was a problem,” Redknapp explained.

"He plays on the right for Wales, he likes to come in on the left foot and I thought he penned Baines back as well who’s always a good attacking player for them. As I say second half we penned them in and couldn’t get the break."

The 65-year-old also praised his opposite number David Moyes who will celebrate his tenth year anniversary at Everton on Wednesday.

"He’s done a fantastic job here David, great job. Everton are a big club, we’re not talking about a small club here, Everton are a great football club," he said.

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