Belfast Telegraph

Redknapp warns against complacency

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has warned his squad that they must not throw away their recent good progress.

Spurs are second in the Barclays Premier League form table after going on a six-match unbeaten run which has included five victories. The London club will move level on points with fourth-place Newcastle on Sunday if they can overcome QPR at White Hart Lane and have games with Fulham, Aston Villa, West Brom and Bolton on the horizon.

"I always think when you start looking at that (fixtures you should win) you normally come unstuck," said Redknapp.

"Last year I looked at those fixtures and said: 'Yeah, we have a good run coming up here. We can really put some points in' and we had our worst spell of the season.

"Every game is difficult now. You only have to look at the results last week. Norwich went to Liverpool and got a point. You couldn't see that coming. You couldn't see Chelsea losing at QPR either."

QPR head to White Hart Lane on the back of their controversial 1-0 win over Chelsea at Loftus Road last weekend.

Rangers had seemed to be in for a long and hard campaign when they were hammered 4-0 at home by Bolton on the opening day of the season, but, with the help of Tony Fernandes' millions, the west London club are now up to 10th.

With Fernandes set to open his chequebook again in January, hopes are high among Hoops fans that their team are on the verge of becoming a major threat in the Barclays Premier League, but Redknapp has warned them not to get too carried away.

"I can see them establishing themselves in the Premier League," Redknapp said. "I think that has to be the first aim for them. I am sure that's what Neil (Warnock) would take. He has done a great job this year - same as the other two lads who have come up - at Swansea and Norwich. They are both doing fantastic.

"If at the end of the year, if QPR can stay in this division then they can look to establish themselves in the Premier League."


From Belfast Telegraph