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System not to blame for Tottenham defeat, says Redknapp

The newly-promoted side were well-beaten at White Hart Lane but Redknapp insists the 4-0 defeat had nothing to do with his new 3-5-2 formation, instead blaming sluggishness

Harry Redknapp insists QPR's new 3-5-2 system was not the reason for their 4-0 Premier League hammering at Tottenham on Sunday.

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Former Spurs boss Redknapp endured a miserable return to White Hart Lane, as a brace from Nacer Chadli and a goal apiece from Eric Dier and Emmanuel Adebayor condemned his side to a crushing defeat.

It was QPR's second Premier League defeat in as many games this season following last weekend's 1-0 home reverse at the hands of Hull City.

Redknapp admits he utilises the system as it allows him to play with two strikers, and the 67-year-old felt Sunday's defeat was a result of sluggishness amongst his players, rather than any issue with the formation.

"I don't know if that [the system] is the problem, we played okay last week playing that way," he said. "It was about energy, we didn't play with enough energy and we looked off the pace a bit.

"In certain areas we weren't sharp enough, we've got to work harder than that with and without the ball. Maybe one or two looked a bit slow.

"I don't think it's systems, that system allows me to get two strikers in the team, which I was trying to do.

"[Loic] Remy doesn't play up on his own, Charlie Austin doesn't either really - it's difficult so you're looking to get two up front.

"You [can] play 4-4-2 but you get slaughtered in midfield, it's very difficult.

"I thought it would suit us fine. I felt Rio [Ferdinand] and [Steven] Caulker did okay today, I thought they coped but in front of them we were short of energy and didn't really get a grip of the game at all."

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