Harry Redknapp: Tottenham Must Try To Recover From Real Madrid Setback And Finish Fourth

Spurs boss admits he enjoyed his side's performance and also praises the fans, particularly for giving Peter Crouch a warm welcome after his midweek red card

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has told his side that they must try to put the defeat against Real Madrid behind them and secure fourth place in the Premier League.

Spurs bounced back from their midweek disappointment to put Stoke City to the sword in a 3-2 win, and Redknapp praised both the way that the team played, and the influence of the fans.

“I just enjoyed watching the way we played in the first half, the way we moved the ball about in the first half, it was a pleasure to see it really,” Redknapp told Sky Sports News.

“You know, we got three goals and suddenly got sloppy and gave a goal away. We overplayed, well, didn’t stop them playing.

“They put you under pressure, Crouchy [Peter Crouch] won a couple of great headers in our half at the end and it got very, very tense in the end, but I was delighted with the way we played, especially in the first half."

Redknapp also spoke about the need for Spurs to return to winning ways and finish the season as strongly as possible.

“We've got to come back and go on a run in the league and try to get back in that top four,” he added.

“I had a chat with them on Thursday and I said, ‘look lads, we got beaten last year in the FA Cup semi-final against Portsmouth, and everyone thought that was the end of our season. We came back from that, beat Arsenal, beat Chelsea and went to Manchester City to win and finish fourth, and we’ve got to do that again.’

“We had a setback against Real Madrid, but listen, they could have beaten anybody by four if you go down to 10 men.

“We’ve still got a game to come here on Wednesday, we’ll give it our best shot and who knows what could happen?”

Redknapp praised the fans for their effort and getting behind the team, in particular Peter Crouch, who has had a difficult week following his sending off in the Champions League.

“Well, I thought the fans were great today, I’ve got to give absolute credit to the supporters," he said.

"I just hoped that they would give us a good reception and get behind Crouch; they gave him a great reception and created a great atmosphere. I think they were the difference today.”

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