Harry not worried for Crouch

BY foxsports • April 9, 2011

Harry Redknapp is confident Peter Crouch will have no problems picking himself up after the red card that cost Tottenham against Real Madrid.

Spurs must now overturn a 4-0 deficit in Wednesday's second leg if they are to keep alive hopes of making a final which they genuinely believed they could reach prior to the defeat in Spain.

The internet was awash with criticism of the 30-year-old within moments of his second booking, but Redknapp insists any abuse that his striker has taken is unjust.

"What has he done? He hasn't murdered someone, has he?" Redlma[[ said.

"He's made a mistake, the kid, but what can he do?

"He's done it, we have to move on."

Crouch looked chirpy at Tottenham's training ground on Friday as Redknapp readied his squad for their Premier League game against Stoke at White Hart Lane.

The 64-year-old insists he will have no qualms with throwing Crouch into the team for Saturday's clash, and is confident the towering striker will get over his mistake.

"Crouchy is fine. He will get over it. He has to," Redknapp added.

"It's done now. It'll take him a while to get over it but he can't walk around and want to hang himself, or something.

"He won't have any problems picking himself up. He is a good pro and a good lad. "People have to realise his goals took us here in the first place and it was totally out of character."

Redknapp would be forgiven for lambasting the former Liverpool man for the sending-off on the biggest night of his managerial career.

The Tottenham manager spoke of his frustration at not being able to bring in the quality of players that Real had among their line-up after the match and some critics suggested that the defeat was a sign that he had taken the team as far as he could.

The bright lights of the Bernabeu could have given Redknapp a taste of what it might be like managing a European giant, or England, but he insists he is happy at White Hart Lane.

"All I think about is managing Tottenham," Redknapp said.

"I have a job here. I don't go home and think: 'This job is going to come up or that job going to come up.'

"I'm just happy with what I am doing here, it's been great here this season. We have been in the Champions League and I have loved it.

"It's been an amazing experience and I want more of that on a regular basis if we can do it here."

Redknapp is surprised that his first taste of managing a side in the Champions League has not taken its toll on him personally.

He joked: "I've not gone grey. It's amazing. My missus Sandra is a hairdresser and her old boss Alice rang the other night and asked: 'Sandra are you tinting Harry's hair?'

"One day I will just keel over. It will show that all the pressure is under the surface."

Joking aside, Redknapp faces up to the serious threat of going further behind in the race for fourth if his side do not win against Stoke.

Spurs' recent poor form, particularly against teams in the bottom half of the table, has seen them fall five points behind fourth place with eight matches remaining.

The Londoners have not won for almost two months and have failed to score in their last four, but Redknapp insists he is not worried about his side's poor run.

"I'm not concerned about it at all," said Redknapp, who could play Tom Huddlestone for the first time since November.

"We've made lots of chances, but the form isn't bad at all. We have had one defeat in the last nine league games. You can't always win. I have been pleased with the way that we have been playing."


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