Harry Redknapp felt that 'mission impossible' was on at half-time of Tottenham's Europa League clash against Shamrock Rovers last night.
Spurs travelled to the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin needing victory over the Irish champions, whilst also hoping PAOK beat Rubin Kazan in Greece.
Furthermore, the Barclays Premier League club needed to turn around a five-goal deficit in goal difference, to have any chance of progressing to the knockout stages of Europe's second-tier competition.
A spirited first-half performance saw Tottenham cruise into a 3-0 lead at the break, and with PAOK 1-0 up against ten-man Rubin Kazan, the unlikely suddenly seemed possible.
"We couldn't have done any more," said Redknapp. "We did the job we had to do. When you're in a situation like this and you're relying on another score it's always difficult.
"At half-time with the Russian team losing 1-0 with 10 men, I thought maybe they'll get beat two or three-nil so a three or four-goal win would have done us."
Unfortunately for Spurs the Russians levelled, and with that scoreline staying 1-1, it left the north Londoners unable to qualify, despite adding another goal to confirm a comfortable 4-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers.
"We got the win and the four goals, but Rubin Kazan equalised and unfortunately that's how it goes," added Redknapp. "I wanted to win. I wouldn't have been jumping up and down on the touchline if I wasn't wanting to win.
"I kicked every ball out there because I wanted to go through - it's good experience for the young players.
"You saw Andros Townsend doing well, Jake Livermore, Harry Kane looked sharp, Tom Carroll has had a great campaign, so I was desperate to stay in the competition. It wasn't through lack of effort, that's for sure."
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