Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp remaining positive despite League Cup defeat to Stoke

The Spurs manager was delighted with the contribution of his youngsters, particularly Jake Livermore and Tom Carroll, as well as the return of Sandro and Rafael van der Vaart

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes there are many positives to be taken from his sides’ League Cup exit at Stoke.

With Europa League commitments on Redknapp’s mind as well as the race for fourth place in the Premier League, the Spurs team was a weakened one, including some familiar faces making their way back to fitness as well as a number of young players.

Jake Livermore, Tom Carroll, Massimo Luongo and Andros Townsend all played some part for Spurs, in what was a relatively youthful side, and Redknapp says he is delighted with their performance.

"I was pleased with how some of the kids played, they came in and did a great job," Redknapp told reporters.

"Jake Livermore and Tom Carroll in midfield were excellent, top class.”

The Spurs boss was also pleased to be able to welcome back Rafael van der Vaart, and long term absentee Sandro.

“We got Sandro back and Rafa played 50, 60 minutes as well, which he needed,” he added.

Despite his side ultimately being beat 7-6 on penalties, with youngster Massimo Luongo missing the decisive spot kick, Redknapp was pleased his young guns had the bravery to stand up and take a penalty.

He continued: “In the end the young lad Massimo stepped up and took the last one. He had the bottle to step-up and take one, as did Andros, Jake and Tom so that was good.”