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Crouch backed by Spurs boss Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has urged Tottenham fans not to hold a grudge against Peter Crouch over his damaging dismissal in the 4-0 drubbing by Real Madrid.

The story may have been different had Crouch not seen red for two fouls inside 15 minutes.

Redknapp admits Crouch's confidence has been hit by the sending-off, but he has told fans to remember that without the his seven European goals, the club would be in the last eight.

“Crouchy feels he's let everybody down, but you have to remember that without him we wouldn't have been there,” said Redknapp.

“His goals took us to the quarter-finals. He has won games for us. He's sorry for what he did, but we have to move on.”

Having beaten both Milan heavyweights to get to the quarter-finals, there was a clear sense of disappointment as the players filed out of the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

Redknapp insists, however, that the first-leg defeat has not dented his team's confidence, and he is now determined to put their nightmare trip to the Spanish capital behind them.

“We're in a fantastic mood. I have not had to lift the players,” Redknapp said.

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