Redknapp retains Spurs hope

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Harry Redknapp admitted he was left feeling slightly disappointed after Tottenham twice surrendered their lead to draw 2-2 with Newcastle at St James' Park.

A first half penalty from Rafael Van der Vaart gave Spurs a half-time lead, but the Magpies responded soon after the break when Demba Ba netted from close range.

Substitute Jermain Defoe restored the advantage in the 68th minute, before Shola Ameobi ensured a share of the spoils with five minutes remaining.

"At 2-1, I felt comfortable," said Redknapp. "I thought there was only going to be one winner, and that was us.


"We hit them on the break and had some fantastic situations. We could have finished them off but we didn't pick the right pass or release the ball quick enough or had a shot when we could have passed.

"I wasn't happy with us in the first half. I thought we started well for 15 minutes but then we didn't keep the ball.

"In the second half I thought we did much better. Luka got on the ball, started running with the ball, opened them up and we created some fantastic positions."

Redknapp paid tribute to the impact made by Defoe, who gave Spurs the impetus to go on and secure their fifth consecutive win in the Barclays Premier League, but the north Londoners couldn't hold on.

"Jermain Defoe came off the bench and took a great goal," he added. "At that stage, I could only see us winning.

"It's always a tough place to come to, a great atmosphere and they are also in good form, and unbeaten. I just felt at 2-1 up, we were in control and when you are in that position with five minutes remaining, you are looking for the three points."

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