Redknapp backs Spurs to stay up

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is confident his side will avoid the drop after seeing them snatch a precious point at Sunderland.

Spurs looked to be heading for defeat when skipper Robbie Keane came up with a priceless 89th-minute equaliser to cancel out Kieran Richardson's third-minute strike.

Asked if either side will be relegated, he said: "I don't know. As long as we don't go down, I don't care who goes down. I would be a liar if I sat here and said otherwise."

He continued: "But I am confident we will be okay. We have got enough quality in the team.

"We have lost one home game since I came to the club out of about 17 - and that was to Everton 1-0 when we should have banked a draw - so we are in good form."

Keane's perfectly-executed volley from Darren Bent's cross rescued a point for the visitors just when it looked as though they were heading for defeat.

However, it came in controversial circumstances with Sunderland appealing in vain for a penalty for Ledley King's challenge on Kenwyne Jones.

The visitors broke swiftly for Bent to cross for Keane, and his finish was sublime.

Redknapp, who had earlier seen his own team's penalty claims for handball against Phil Bardsley waved away by referee Phil Dowd, said: "That was a handball up at their end, for sure.

"The one at the other end, I haven't seen it again. If you tell me it was a penalty, I would say, 'Yeah, okay, fair enough'. I would have to see it again."

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