Redknapp concedes top four hopes

Harry Redknapp is resigned to losing out on the Champions League this season after Tottenham drew 1-1 with Blackpool on Saturday.Spurs are now seven points off Manchester City with three games to go following a disappointing draw and Redknapp was left frustrated following another opportunity missed.

Charlie Adam scored a penalty to put Blackpool 1-0 up but Jermain Defoe equalised with a fierce drive three minutes from time.

It was not enough for Spurs, though, and Redknapp admits his side have a mountain to climb.

“I am disappointed as it was a game we needed to win. We have struggled to score at home lately but we haven’t managed to beat teams,” Redknapp said.

“We haven’t taken our chances. Strikers haven’t scored goals this season and it’s difficult to put your finger on it.”

“Credit to Blackpool, they had a real go and they are a breath of fresh air. They lifted their game and full credit to Ian. We have thrown it away in the last nine games.”

“Whether the Champions League has taken its toll, I don’t know. We played great football in spells. We had half a chance today but it’s going to be very tough now.”

“We will keep going. The Champions League spot is very difficult – you have to be realistic for next season. Manchester United and Chelsea won’t drop out. Manchester City are getting stronger and Arsenal are there every year.”

“We were just short this year and maybe not good enough.”

Ian Holloway said he was proud of his players after earning a point which moves them out of the bottom three.

“Quite a day for us. I feel so proud. I couldn’t have asked for any more I thought my lads were terrific,” Holloway said.

“It’ll go right to the wire, we know that, but we looked today like we could win a game at this level.

“We believe in ourselves again after having a bit of a wobble but there’s a lot of football still to play and if we continue to play like that who’s to say we can’t get out of this.”

“Charlie’s had a tough season. He’s only going to improve, he’s only 24, and that shows the character he’s got. Today shows me there’s massive hope for the future. We don’t want to give up our place in this league. I loved it out there.”