Offside rule leaves Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp confused

Injured Ledley King set for a spell on the sidelines

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp was delighted if not a little confused after Tom Huddlestone scored the winner against Fulham.

Huddlestone had struck the ball into the net from 25 yards only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.

After consultation with his linesman, referee Mike Dean gave the goal. William Gallas was clearly in an offside position for the goal but was deemed not active by the referee. This led to confusion all round.

Redknapp told reporters: “You were offside if someone had a shot at goal and you were in an offside position. Now it's all 'was he interfering'.

“We went direct to Tom [Huddlestone], he controlled it and drilled it into the far corner, I thought 'great goal.' Once he [assistant] put his flag up I thought 'no goal'. The TV people say it came off of Chris Baird, but I haven't seen the replay of it.”

It wasn’t all good news for the Spurs manager however as captain Ledley King limped off midway through the first half with a groin injury. It was a surprising call to include King with Tottenham’s Champions League game against Inter on Wednesday and Redknapp has confirmed his skipper will be missing:

“I wanted to play him [Ledley King] today and again at Everton on Saturday, rather than play him on Wednesday," he added.

"I thought I was better off getting two games out of him...but unfortunately his groin has gone again."

The injury leaves Redknapp short of options at centre-half for their Champions League game with Michael Dawson already missing through injury and Younes Kaboul not quite ready to return:

“He [William Gallas] has got to play [on Wednesday]. Hopefully he'll be OK, Ledley certainly won’t play for a while, Younes Kaboul wasn't available today and I doubt he'll be available Wednesday," added Redknapp.

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