Spurs snatch late draw

A goal in injury time rescued a point for Tottenham, as they drew with Stoke 1-1 at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night.

Cameron Jerome had put the Potters into the lead after 75 minutes, and with the clock ticking down it looked like it would be four defeats in a row for Harry Redknapp’s men.

However a last-gasp Rafael van der Vaart strike ensured that spoils were shared.

Redknapp was pleased to get a draw considering the circumstances, and admitted that it is difficult to pinpoint just why his side have lost their way slightly.

“Stoke are never an easy team to beat,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“They were solid and you know I said before the game, we had to be careful from set-plays and we got punished from a set-play.

“I really couldn’t see us scoring because we huffed and puffed and hit the bar with Gareth (Bale), but I was thankful in the end with that goal.

“I mean, we all want three points at home but maybe a point will be important at the end of the day but we just seemed to have lost our way a bit.

“We’re not playing with quite the same fluency that we were a few weeks ago. It’s difficult to put your finger on it really but we just don’t seem to be shifting the ball around like we did.

“One or two of us look a little bit off the pace, a little bit jaded but you know we go to Chelsea on Saturday for a big game, so we have to pick ourselves up again and we have to go there and try and get a result.

“They’ve got to be more patient. They get carried away with the crowd at times and started playing from back to front to quick. We’re a footballing team that plays and people have got to be patient. They can’t worry about the crowd being inpatient because we had lots of passes.

“You can’t lump the ball forward against Stoke because they have two centre-halves who are good in the air. We had to just be patient. With 30 minutes to go, we just panicked a bit and started playing too quick,” he concluded.

Spurs drop to fourth place due to Arsenal’s win, and with the gap between them and Chelsea five points, the trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday becomes all the more important.

By Gareth McKnight