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Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp admits Norwich City were too hot to handle

10:50 10 April 2012

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp looks glum as opposite number Paul Lambert gets involved in the game. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp looks glum as opposite number Paul Lambert gets involved in the game. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp had no complaints about his side’s Premier League defeat by the Canaries, admitting: “We couldn’t handle them.”

City’s 2-1 success put a dent in Spurs’ hopes of booking a Champions League place, but the man favoured by most to be the next England boss gave due credit to Paul Lambert’s men.

“I thought they played ever so well. They looked sharp, lively, I thought they looked decent,” he said.

“We saw them at Fulham the other week and they played excellently, they were really unlucky to lose. They looked a decent team and Paul’s done a great job with them.”

Redknapp was without skipper Scott Parker through a hamstring injury and left one or two of his big names on the bench, then lost defender Younes Kaboul at half-time with a knee problem.

But he made no excuses for a rare home defeat and said his side struggled to cope with City’s front two, skipper Grant Holt and Aaron Wilbraham, making his first Premier League start.

“We were a bit flat for some reason. We struggled. Their front two, Holt and the other lad bullied us a bit. Every ball up to the front we struggled with a bit,” he said.

“I felt he (Holt) held the ball up, got his body in the way right from the first whistle. In the first quarter of an hour every time they played a forward ball we were all over the place with it – we couldn’t handle them. They worked their socks off and played ever so well. Having said that we had a couple of great chances. Benoit (Assou-Ekotto) should have scored and Gareth Bale hit the underside of the bar, but they always had chances as well.

“It was too open from our point of view. We played 4-4-2 today but to be honest I think it leaves us a bit open. It’s an attacking system but we’ve looked stronger recently when we’ve played 4-3-3. I just felt I’d give it a go with the two wide men and two front men but it was a bit disappointing the way we played. One or two didn’t look quite right today.”

Redknapp has not written off his side’s hopes of a Champions League place, however, as they battle with Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle.

“It’s going to be close but there are still five games to go. It’s the team that can win the most games now. It’s still all to play for,” he said. “We had a bad day, we don’t lose too many games at home – and credit to them, they played well.”

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19 comments

  • How ever much tax would the rest of us have to pay if there were more like him Swiss? He might be honest about football but....

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    baguio

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • JMH, no comment allowed. Ethered again. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • A pity that there aren't more like him.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • Gracious in defeat. You`re not all bad `Arry.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • Mustard Pot in Thorpe Rd. is morphing into the Fat Cat & Canary. Should be a great pre and post match watering hole under the guidance of Colin Keatley! Great news.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • I wonder if the dog`s name is Fido?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • Ah yes, I forgot that little fracas with the Inland Revenue. Did he put money into an account in his dog's name and forgot about it or something along those lines?

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • We are 72% English. About 90% British. At a stretch. We do have furriners like the Scouse American and the Prince of Spain. Even Wessi`s an alien!! But we love him. `Arry`s envelopes are are a different issue. Issue some to me, please!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • Hopefully MC's chief executioner, Mr Balotelli will be serving his suspension following his well deserved red card on Monday, ensuring that our boys don't spend the rest of the weekend in the NNUH. And Mr Mancini will be conducting "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" all the way back to the Etihad Stadium.

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    The Crab

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • Too hot to handle 'Arry. We were mustard.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • Will Mancini be as gracious in defeat next Saturday?

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • Were the English boys playing for their future gaffer?

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    JMH

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • MB, I'm sure it's a good pub but I'm not sure it's relevant to the topic. BTW - what kind of beer will they have?

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    canarytim

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • But his tearful plea of innocence was heart-rending. Well, gut-wrenching. Close.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • No, it`s not at all relevant, Canary Tim, but I can never get a posting to a pub article board accepted for some reason! Shame, as I spent all my working life in brewing etc. Fat Cat has its own brewery, so their beers will no doubt feature. Huge, varying range at the original FC. We shall see!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 13, 2012

  • Let's hope that Mancini will be taking a "Walk in the Black Forest " by Saturday afternoon. Hopefully his chief executioner, Mr. Balotelli, will be serving his well-deserved suspension, and sitting on the sidelines learning how to tackle properly, thereby saving some of our players unplanned visits to the N&NUH

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    The Crab

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • I've always had a lot of admiration for 'Arry - right from his 'Ammers playing days. Colin and Woy should take a lesson from his attitude to a defeat - which most people outside Nofolk found hard to contemplate before the game.

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    The Crab

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • Too hot to handle, we were mustard!

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • Was 'Arry watching Holt, Howson, R Bennett, Ruddy? I doubt it. Ledley King seemed to be like Bambi on a rugby pitch. As for Adebayor's barge...

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    Soglio Star

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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