Redknapp gets Irish scare

Harry Redknapp admits he was worried that his Tottenham side would be the subject of an upset on Thursday night, after semi-professional Shamrock Rovers give the London side a fright in the Europa League.

A Stephen Rice strike early in the second half gave the Irish team a 1-0 lead, in what would have been a massive turn up for the books, but three goals in five minutes from the Premier League outfit restored order.

Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermain Defoe and Giovani Dos Santos all found the back of the net in the revival, but Redknapp was concerned it could have been different.

“When we went one down you are concerned as you think ‘is it going to be one of their nights?” he told Sky Sports News after the match.

“But we came in at half time at 0-0, and I am not being disrespectful to Shamrock they played okay and worked their socks off, but we could have been at least 3-0 we hit the woodwork and their keeper was making saves.

“I had no problem with how we played first-half, I was pleased, the tempo was good, we got after them.

“I thought it was just a matter of time before we scored but then they scored with their first real strike at goal and then maybe it is one of those nights, but we stuck a couple of chances away and won it,” he concluded.

All Spurs eyes will not look to the North London derby against Arsenal at home on Sunday, with Redknapp’s team looking to take advantage of The Gunners’ current vulnerability.

Written By Gareth McKnight
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