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Redknapp laments poor defending

Redknapp laments poor defending (©PAphotos)
Redknapp laments poor defending (©PAphotos).

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was left fuming after his side's late collapse at Everton cost them the chance of returning to third place in the Barclays Premier League.

The visitors appeared to be cruising to their ninth win of the campaign with 12 minutes to go at Goodison Park thanks to Jermain Defoe's 13th goal of the season and Michael Dawson's header, both early in the second half. However, substitute Louis Saha gave the hosts hope with a close-range strike before Tim Cahill headed in his first Barclays Premier League goal since September 13 with four minutes to go.

"There looked to be only one winner. It was game over as we looked to be in control and I couldn't see any way we weren't going to go on and win. " said Redknapp.

"We had chances to go 3-0 up and then they pulled a goal back. It was poor defending, we got sucked in.

"They came on strong and it was a different game for 10 minutes. When you get it back to 2-1 you are going to throw the kitchen sink at the opposition and that is what they did.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard produced a crucial penalty save from Defoe two minutes into added time after Wilson Palacios had been fouled by Tony Hibbert.

"Then we get a great chance to win it with a penalty with the last kick of the game.

"Robbie Keane is our penalty taker but you'd fancy the little man (Defoe) to score with the form he is in - but it wasn't to be."

Redknapp said Palacios was "quite badly hurt and in a lot of pain" and had been taken to hospital with a rib injury as a result of the clash with Hibbert which led to the penalty.

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Tottenham Hotspur
Robbie Keane
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Michael Dawson
Tim Howard
Premier League
Tim Cahill
Tony Hibbert
Jermain Defoe
Everton
Louis Saha
Wilson Palacios

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