Spurs boss admits to being disappointed with draw on Wearside but is still bullish about his club's chances of finishing the Premier League campaign on a highTottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp insisted that his team were in the “box seat” in their quest for a Champions League spot following a 0-0 draw with Sunderland.
The Spurs boss remained bullish about his team’s prospects of a top-four Premier League finish even though he had seen the visitors fail to break down a Sunderland side that he claimed had put the emphasis on defending.
“We have six games to go and a Cup semi-final to look forward to,” Redknapp said.
“We are in a great position, of course. We are still in the box seat really in all honesty, I think. We haven’t got to play any of the top six now. We have played all the big clubs now.
“We have just got some tough away games, at Bolton who are scrapping for their lives, and Queens Park Rangers will be a tough game as well who will be bang at it. But we have decent home games.
“We have had two tough away games in the last week or so – Chelsea and then here – and we played well enough. there are six games left and we are three points in front of Newcastle and three points in front of Chelsea even if they win today.
“It is going to be close. I think it is going to be go right down to the wire. Newcastle have done a miracle. It is fantastic what they have achieved to be where they are. It has been amazing and they have put themselves right in there. They have got a big chance now.
“I feel we are playing well. Hopefully we can have a nice run of results now.”
Tottenham are currently third in the table but despite starting brightly against Martin O’Neill’s side they were unable to break the deadlock.
“It was a game we could have won but you have to take the points where you can,” Redknapp added.
“It is a tough place to come but out of the first 15 minutes we had the ball for 14 minutes but they just sat in and made it difficult for us to break them down they just sad here we are, come and try and break us down and we will hit you on the counter-attack so it was difficult. They didn’t come out too much. They played it like an away team.”
Redknapp continued: “There was nowhere for us to go when we were in front of them. We passed and passed and passed but there was nowhere to go because there was no space behind them. They dropped deep and that made it difficult. I said at half-time that I would be disappointed if we didn’t win but a point is a point.”
“They do graft in midfield and with Lee Cattermole and Craig Gardner in there they are going to get after you. They put a shift in right across the midfield and they defended well. We had one or two good chances but if they were going to score it was going to be a corner or free-kick.”
Redknapp’s side host Norwich City on Monday and he is poised to make changes after fielding the same side for the third game running.
“I will make a few changes on Monday,” he added. “You can’t get two games in a few days from William Gallas and I couldn’t start Aaron Lennon today because he has had hamstring problems and if we’d played him today he certainly couldn’t have played on Monday. So I thought I would keep him for Monday but brought him on ten minutes before I wanted to.
"It is just a case of who is playing the best. I don’t think the players get as uptight about it as I do or the punters do. They just go out and play. We keep on going on about Champions League football and I am as bad. I want it badly.
"But it is another game to a lot of them. They just get on with it. I don’t think you can change that. That is how the lads are now. But you can get too uptight about it. Teams get into positions and then the pressure gets to them. So we are quite a laid-back bunch. We just get on with it."