Harry Redknapp has told his players they are not off the hook despite back-to-back wins which have improved the club's chances of a place in the Champions League next season.

The veteran manager will call them in on Monday after a Christmas party was held in Dublin without his knowledge. It took place days before the defeat by Wolves last Saturday but the details only emerged this week. Tottenham went on to beat Manchester City and then Blackburn thanks to a brace from Peter Crouch at Ewood Park.

He said: "I was disappointed they did not ask me, that's all. They have done nothing wrong. It did not affect any results. I said I did not want them to have a party and that was the only disappointing part for me. That is all part of growing up, I suppose. We will sort them out on Monday."

Crouch made the breakthrough in first-half stoppage time when he headed home following a cross from Niko Kranjcar, who chased a lost cause before delivering the ball into the box.

Benni McCarthy should have equalised but his effort came back off the post and Crouch sealed the points with a cool finish eight minutes from time.

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce felt Crouch's contribution was especially crucial.

He said: "The quality in the finishing between the sides was the difference. I have always been a great admirer of Crouch. He showed his quality and is a top striker in the Premier League.

"We are lacking in the final third but we have not got £20-25million to put that right.

"The most clear-cut chance we had fell to Benni and he normally puts those in the net, but the goalkeeper seemed to get a touch."

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