Belfast Telegraph

Redknapp welcomes return to form

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp feels his team are "coming back strong" at the right time but was never overly concerned about their form.

Spurs kept their hold on fourth place in the Barclays Premier League with a 4-1 win at Bolton on Wednesday night. With the battle for Champions League qualification spots so tight, Spurs' back-to-back wins over Blackburn and Bolton, after a run of three successive defeats, have been vital.

But Redknapp said: "I don't remember having a rough time. I felt we had been playing well. It just went that way for us. We weren't playing badly, we hadn't lost our confidence."

He added: "It has not been that drastic, but everyone has spells.

"Man Utd were eight points clear - league over. Suddenly they get beat at Wigan, draw with Everton get beat by Man City. It happens.

"That is what makes this game so great, eight points can go like that. You have got to keep at it. Everybody has bad spells during a season.

"Arsenal had an horrendous spell but came back strong. We have had a dicky spell, now we are coming back strong. That is what you have to do, you have to keep going."

Spurs' form has tailed away in the second half of the campaign after their strong start made them potential title challengers in January. It has been suggested the constant speculation linking Redknapp with the England job - now taken by Roy Hodgson - might have affected Spurs.

When asked if that was the case, Redknapp said: "I don't know. I don't think so but other people on my staff think they were, but I don't know. It is difficult to tell.

"Every day I went in and the lads were still bright as buttons, working fantastic and doing unbelievable things. We just had to keep believing and keep playing and it would come right, and that is what we have done in the last two games."


From Belfast Telegraph