Redknapp: Never write us off

BY foxsports • November 29, 2010

Harry Redknapp declared Spurs can never be written off after watching them stage another amazing comeback to beat Liverpool 2-1 on Sunday.

For the second time in eight days and a fifth time this season, Tottenham trailed in a league game only to snatch all three points to keep themselves in the most open title race for years.

Sunday's win was sealed by the latest of winners, Aaron Lennon netting in the 92nd minute to hand his side a 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane and move them to within a point of fourth-placed Manchester City and back to six of the summit.

Reiterating his belief that Spurs are title contenders, Redknapp said: "We're not a team that you can write off and go, 'They're going nowhere, are they?'

"Even if you're one down, we're always going to make plenty of opportunities and it's a case of sticking them away.

"I just feel we've got a belief in there that we can come from behind."

Tottenham once again started slowly after a Champions League game - Wednesday night's 3-0 win over Werder Bremen - going behind three minutes before half-time to what was only Martin Skrtel's second goal in English football.

Liverpool had three clear chances to double their lead either side of half-time and Spurs missed a penalty in an incident-packed game before Luka Modric produced an inspired run and cross which saw Skrtel turn the ball into his own net.

Acknowledging the visitors had been "dangerous" for much of the game, Redknapp added: "We had lots of good chances and, in the end, I felt we deserved the win.

"It was a great performance to come from one down."

A Tottenham comeback looked unlikely when substitute Jermain Defoe hooked a penalty wide when Liverpool were still in front.

Redknapp admitted: "When we missed the penalty I've got to be honest, I thought 'Maybe it's not our day today'. But we kept going."

Striker Defoe was an early replacement for regular penalty taker Rafael van der Vaart, who limped off in the 12th minute with a suspected torn hamstring.

"It doesn't look too good," said Redknapp of the midfielder's injury, which followed an ankle problem that made him 50-50 to play.

Reiterating the former Real Madrid star's problems were down to a lack of pre-season action, Redknapp added: "He keeps picking up injuries, little injuries.

"He's a fantastic footballer and he's important to us, we need him."

Spurs also lost defender Younes Kaboul, who felt a muscle around his hip tear, but there was good news on the injury front when Redknapp revealed Michael Dawson would play a reserve or friendly match on Tuesday.

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