Redknapp rues Spurs' misfortune

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Harry Redknapp was left to rue some controversial decisions from Chris Foy after his Tottenham Hotspur side lost 2-1 at Stoke.

The visitors were slow out of the blocks at the Britannia Stadium, and were two goals down at the break after old-boy Matthew Etherington struck twice for the Potters.

Emmanuel Adebayor pulled one back from the spot for Spurs in the second-half, but a goal-line handball from Ryan Shawcross, a wrongly disallowed strike from Adebayor for offside and a red card for Younes Kaboul were the key moments that went against the north Londoners.

"Adebayor was way onside. There were two blatant handballs and the referee missed them. I thought he had a poor day. It [Kaboul's sending off] was farcical," said Redknapp post-match.

"Unfortunately a couple of decisions he [Foy] got completely and utterly wrong. When the ball gets rattled in and the fella on the line [Shawcross] goes like that [motions] with his arm, it's handball.

"Kaboul gets a yellow card for saying to the referee, 'That was handball on the line', which it was. He hasn't sworn. The second one was harsh - it was a foul but to actually send someone off and ruin a game was farcical really."

On his own side's performance, Redknapp admitted the display in the first 45 minutes was sub-standard for a side which had gone eleven games unbeaten in the league.

After making changes to personnel and the formation, the game swung drastically towards his side in-terms of chances and possession, and the Tottenham chief admitted he couldn't have asked for more from his players.

"We were poor in the first half, we didn't come out of the blocks. Stoke started well, they got after us, pressed us, played a really high tempo and it was difficult to live with them in the first half. They deserved to be in front, no doubt about it," he concluded.

"We changed things around at half-time. I decided to play three at the back, I pushed Gareth Bale on as a left wing-back and Kyle Walker up high as a right wing-back and it suited us.

"We dominated the second half. We got after them. We just couldn't get that second goal and we needed one or two decisions to go our way, that makes a difference. I couldn't have asked for more in the second half and we deserved something from the game."

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