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Tottenham Hotspur boss Redknapp blows top at ref and boo boys

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Sunderland 1: Harry Redknapp last night hit out at referee Howard Webb and disgruntled Tottenham supporters after watching his side blow a 1-0 lead to extend their winless run in the Barclays Premier League to four matches.

Webb was at the centre of the two most controversial incidents of last night’s 1-1 draw with Sunderland at White Hart Lane.

The official booked David Bentley for diving in the box when the midfielder went down under a challenge from Boudewijn Zenden.

He also elected only to book visiting captain Lee Cattermole for a studs-first over-the-top tackle on Luka Modric.

Redknapp said of the penalty incident, which occurred when the game was still goalless: “It was a penalty, a blatant penalty, wasn't it? I just watched the replay of it.

“How he (Webb) can book him...

“He's not got anything against Tottenham or anybody else but it's how he saw it. I've never been one for criticising referees; it's never been my game.

“But it was a blatant penalty tonight. If you get the penalty, it could make a big difference.”

He added of the tackle by Cattermole, who has earned two red cards already this season: “I don't know what he does other weeks; I'm only interested in that tackle today and it was a bad tackle in my opinion.

“Could have broken his leg easily. He's (Modric) got some bad marks on his leg but he was lucky he didn't break his leg.

“He (Webb) has to understand the difference between going over the top of the ball and playing the ball. It just sounds like I'm criticising him.

“Two key decisions I felt that weren't right but that's how it goes.”

Redknapp also chastised the Tottenham fans who booed at the final whistle just a week after cheering their team to the rafters in the club's historic Champions League win against Inter Milan.

He said: “What have they got to moan about? What they see here and what they've seen here.

“We couldn't have done any more tonight; we couldn't have tried any harder.”

And in a jibe laced with irony, he said of the supporters: “They've had it so good over the years, you see. When you keep winning league championships every year, you get upset when you don't win.”

Last night's game saw Rafael van der Vaart maintain his record of scoring in every home game since joining Spurs with a trademark 64th-minute finish.

But a horrible mix-up between William Gallas and Younes Kaboul gifted Asamoah Gyan an equaliser just three minutes later to leave the home side four points adrift of the top four having played a game more.

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