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Harry Redknapp admitted he was left disappointed after a poor second half display by Tottenham in Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates on tour in South Africa.

"I thought we played well up to about 40 minutes but we then gave a sloppy goal away and let them back into the game," reflected Redknapp. "To be honest, I thought we were poor in the second half.

"I made a few changes and I was disappointed. Once Luka and Gareth Bale came off we didn't look too much of a threat, we gave the ball away and lacked quality."

Spurs debutant Brad Friedel made his first appearance at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit in a side that was being captained by in-demand Croatian midfielder Luka Modric - a sign of Redknapp's intentions to keep him very much a part of his first-team plans.

Younes Kaboul started in defence, with David Bentley, Wilson Palacios and Gareth Bale complimenting Modric in midfield, before Jermain Defoe and Rafael Van der Vaart completed the senior players contingent to start the match.


 

It took only eleven minutes for Tottenham to open the scoring with a well-taken free-kick by Van der Vaart only for the Pirates to equalise five minutes before the break through Happy Jele.

Second half changes saw the introduction of returning Aston Villa loanee Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson, and Vedran Corluka in defence, Aaron Lennon in midfield and Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko up front.

The substitutions didn't help the flow of the game which started to peter out soon after Lennon went close after being set up by the menacing Bale on the left flank.

Half chances fell to Keane and Niko Kranjcar who replaced Modric on the hour mark, while Jermaine Jenas also came on for Bale but Spurs couldn't find another breakthrough as the game ended on level terms.

* Spurs return to action in the Vodacom Chalenge final on Saturday, where they will play the victors of either the Pirates or the Kaizer Chiefs in Johannesburg.

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