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Harry: Ref got decisions wrong

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11/12/2011 19:49 +0100

Spurs had a goal disallowed and two penalty appeals for handball turned down as Stoke survived a frantic second half to end the London side's six-game winning run in the Premier League. Stoke took a 2-0 lead with a first-half double from former Spurs midfielder Matthew Etherington but the visitors set up a thrilling finish after Emmanuel Adebayor replied from the spot. Adebayor was denied a seemingly good second goal by an offside flag after Ryan Shawcross appeared to have handled on the line in the most dramatic passage of play. Jermain Defoe also thought one of his shots was blocked by a hand while Redknapp was further incensed by a red card shown to Younes Kaboul by referee Chris Foy. Redknapp said: "We came away with nothing because there were two blatant handballs on the line and Adebayor was two yards onside when the ball was played to him. That's why we've come away with nothing. "We were poor first half, I hold my hand up. We didn't play well. "But we changed it at half-time and in the second half, we battered them. "Unfortunately, a couple of decisions he (Foy) got completely and utterly wrong. I'm sure if you watch the TV, you'll see it. "When the ball gets rattled in and the fella on the line goes like that with his arm, it's handball. "Kaboul gets a booking for saying to the referee it was a penalty, then he gets another yellow card near the end for an innocuous... that was no worse a challenge... it was a foul but..." Redknapp said he spoke to Foy after the game about his decisions. He said: "Yes I told him. I never go and talk to referees after a game, I accept defeat. "I never complain about referees' decisions - I have not done it in 30 years of management, never. "But today, I'm afraid, he got some badly wrong. "He hadn't seen them, but when he goes home tonight and watches them, he'll realise he got a couple badly wrong, and the linesman... "When someone's two yards onside, like Adebayor was, how's the linesman not seen it?" And Redknapp, speaking in his post-match press conference, was not finished there. He said: "To be honest from the start of the game, I felt like he wasn't going to give us much today. "I just felt like he was quite enjoying not giving us anything. "He's not made mistakes because he meant to, he is an honest guy but today I just felt he had a bad day, and so did the linesman who missed Adebayor being two yards onside. "He'll look at it tonight, on TV, when his wife is making him a bacon sandwich and think, 'Oh **** me, what have I done there?"' Stoke boss Tony Pulis was unwilling to get drawn into any argument about the controversial decisions. He said: "If they were penalties, they were penalties - you have to decide that." Pulis instead chose to focus on the performance of his players in overcoming a side which had also gone 11 games unbeaten. Pulis said: "If you look at Tottenham and what they've got it's formidable to play against. "They have so much quality and they are the form team in the Premier League. "A friend of mine who is a Tottenham Hotspur fan thinks they are the best team since the double-winning '61 season. "We knew we had to come out of the blocks quickly, we didn't want them to settle. "With the very top sides, when they dominate possession they create chances and we knew that would be the case over the 90 minutes." Pulis admitted his side were tested in the second half. He said: "They had nothing to lose second half. "With that pace and power, he is very close to having a team that could win the championship. "It must have been a great game for the supporters to watch. "We are delighted to get the three points."

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