Redknapp reflects on Chelsea draw


Harry Redknapp felt that a draw was the fairest result in last night's London derby which finished 1-1 between Tottenham and Chelsea at White Hart Lane.

On a night where open, attacking, and free-flowing football was showcased by two sides with aspirations to challenge for the Barclays Premier League title this season, there was little to seperate them as the spoils were ultimately shared.

Spurs took an early lead when fit-again Gareth Bale crossed for Emmanuel Adebayor to break the deadlock, but the Blues were level before the break when Daniel Sturridge netted his 10th goal of the 2011-12 campaign from close-range, courtesy of an Ashley Cole cut-back.

"We started superbly and were on top for the first 25 minutes, got the goal and we were great early on," said Redknapp. "[But then] they equalised, came back and looked stronger."

The hosts weren't helped by the loss of influential attacking midfielder Rafael van der Vaart who was forced off through injury, and meant that Redknapp was forced to reshuffle his pack.

"In the second half we had a problem. Rafa had a hamstring problem again and we had to change the system," he explained. "It was difficult.

"Luka [Modric] played on the right, Pav [Roman Pavlyuchenko] came on and we went with two strikers. I thought 'we're at home, let's have a go' but they then had control of the middle of the park because they had an extra man in there.

"There were chances at both ends. Ramires had a free header for them, Adebayor could have scored at the end but somehow it didn't go in. A draw was a fair result."

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