Harry sure Spurs can go fourth

Redknapp’s men looked set to earn the win that would have taken

them ahead of fourth-place Manchester City when Jermain Defoe

scored his 100th Spurs goal with 25 minutes left to put the hosts

2-1 up at White Hart Lane on Saturday. However, a superb lob from

Baggies substitute Simon Cox meant that the Londoners had to settle

for a point that seriously damages their hopes of dining at

Europe’s top table for a second successive year. City will move

four points clear in the Premier League if they beat lowly

Blackburn on Monday night and Redknapp has the headache of a tough

run-in that includes matches against their Chelsea and Liverpool.

The Tottenham boss was nevertheless optimistic about his side’s

chances. “It’s going to be difficult but it’s still all to play

for,” said Redknapp, who admits he is struggling to come to terms

with the increased expectations thrust upon him because of this

year’s remarkable run in the competition. “I find it hard that now

everyone expects us to be in the Champions League,” he added.

“Tottenham had never been in it before until this season and

suddenly it is like ‘we have to be in the Champions League’.

“Manchester City have gone out and spent God knows what to get

above us. Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are there every

year, Liverpool will be there next year. It’s difficult to get

fourth. It has been a great season but it’s not over yet.”

Victories over both Milan giants and a glamour quarter-final tie

against Real Madrid have provided the White Hart Lane faithful with

some memorable nights this year, but competing for both domestic

and European honours is beginning to take its toll on the players.

They looked tired as they tried to summon the energy required to

find the winning goal after Cox looped a brilliant 20-yard shot

over Heurelho Gomes with nine minutes left. Redknapp admits his

side’s route to Europe last year was much easier. “What was a big

help to us last year was that we did not have the extra fixtures in

Europe,” he said. “That helped us qualify for the Champions League

last season but I think there’s still nothing between City and

Tottenham at the top. We are only talking about a point’s

difference. “This is the closest we have ever got to Arsenal and

Chelsea. I think we can compete with the top clubs every year. I

think there is a championship in this club, not just a Champions

League place. “It will need a bit of investment but the nucleus is

there.” Peter Odemwingie’s 13th goal of the season gave the Baggies

the lead before Roman Pavlyuchenko equalised in the 27th minute

with a well taken strike that flew in off Scott Carson’s far post.

Cox has struggled to make an impact since he signed from Swindon

two years ago but Redknapp thinks the 23-year-old should savour his

first Premier League goal. “It was a world-class strike,” Redknapp

said. “Before that, there was no panic. We even looked like we were

going to score again. Redknapp’s misery was furthered by an injury

to Benoit Assou-Ekotto in the build-up to West Brom’s opener. “I

think Benoit tore his hamstring running back,” added Redknapp, who

revealed he did not know how long the left-back would be out for. A

delighted Roy Hodgson has now taken 13 points from his eight

matches in charge to propel the West Midlanders to the brink of

safety. “It was a splendid result to come back from 2-1 down,”

Hodgson said. “It’s given us what looks to be an important point

given the way other results have gone. “It has taken us to a

psychological point at least, which is 40 [points]. A lot of people

would say that is enough [to save us from relegation] but I think

we might need a point or two more.”