Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is keen to focus on the positives despite falling to Stoke City on penalties in the third round of the Carling Cup.

After a disappointing 120 minutes of football, the contest was decided by the lottery of penalties, with Roman Pavyluchenko and debutant Massimo Luongo both missing from the spot to hand Stoke a 7-6 victory.

The defeat relieves some pressure on Spurs, given their Europa League commitments, but Redknapp, who was able to offer first starts of the season to Sandro and Rafael Van der Vaart, did take some solace from the loss.

"I was pleased with how some of the kids played, they came in and did a great job," Redknapp said.

"Jake Livermore and Tom Carroll in midfield were excellent, top class. We got Sandro back and Rafa played 50, 60 minutes as well, which he needed.


 

"The back four was strong and the two centre-halves were outstanding. I had a feeling the game might go to extra time and once it goes to penalties it's a lottery.

"They missed one early and I thought we'd be okay. In the end the young lad Massimo stepped up and took the last one. He had the bottle to step-up and take one, as did Andros, Jake and Tom so that was good.

"He did well though, Massimo, he came on and played his part.

"We're disappointed to lose, of course. You don't want to lose any game and we came here to win, to stay in the competition. We wanted to go to Wembley."

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