Harry still hopeful of top four spot

Liverpool and Manchester City have overtaken Spurs in recent weeks

and, Redknapp has challenged his players to find the goalscoring

form they were in before Christmas. He is not unduly worried by

their downturn in form, however, and expects plenty more twists and

turns before the end of the season. “We have as good a chance as

anyone else. We have goalscorers and you’d expect us to score,”

Redknapp said. “We just need one or two more to weigh in with a

goal or two. “Man City can’t beat 10-man Stoke the other day and

were lucky to get a draw. It’s hard to win football matches. We’re

all struggling. Liverpool are clawing out results as you’d expect

them to. “We’re not taking advantage of their slip-ups. Everyone is

struggling to get wins. There are no easy games. Stoke, Bolton,

wherever you go, there are no ‘gimmes’ in this division.” Spurs

face Wigan on Sunday in a repeat of the fixture earlier in the

season when Redknapp’s men won 9-1. Redknapp knows all about

conceding nine after his first match as a manager, in charge of

Bournemouth. He said: “It wasn’t a freak result when we lost 9-0.

The team was just useless. We lost 5-0 the week after, so we did

improve. “The pitch was like an ice-skating rink – never ever

playable. The only boots we had, because we were skint, were with

long nylon studs. When they went for a kickabout they were all

falling over. “The Lincoln players had the new boots with the

pimple studs. They were gliding around and I thought ‘oh my god’.

“We were 8-0 down and we had a corner with half an hour to go. The

old trainer John Kirk was shouting for our centre-backs to get up.

I said ‘get up? What are we going to win 9-8?’ They got the ninth

with 20 minutes to go and I thought ‘this could be 15’.” Redknapp

has come a long way since his first match as a manager, with his

finest moment coming when he won the FA Cup with Portsmouth in

2008. Pompey have been in freefall since Redknapp’s departure and

their future still remains uncertain after four owners this season.

“They keep coming up with these people, saying this man’s one of

the richest Arabs in the world and this one’s Sheikh somebody or

other,” Redknapp said. “Solomon someone or the other, sitting there

eating a big hamburger with holes in his jeans. The next thing

someone else comes in.”