Tottenham crash out of Europe despite win

Tottenham’s Europa League campaign is over, despite beating Shamrock Rovers 4-0 in Dublin on Thursday night.

The North London club’s fate was out of their hands, as they needed PAOK to beat Rubin Kazan in Greece for there to be any chance of progression, but a 1-1 draw sees the Russians take second place in Group A.

Despite this fact, Harry Redknapp’s men went about their business and tried to win their own fixture; a largely second string side was fielded at the Tallaght Stadium.

Three first half goals from Steven Pienaar, Andros Townsend and Jermain Defoe killed the game as a contest, with substitute Harry Kane grabbing a fourth in stoppage time.

The outcome means that Spurs can now concentrate on domestic upheavals, with finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League the club’s number one priority.

After the game Harry Redknapp remained upbeat despite exiting the competition.

“We did ever so well,” he told Sky Sports.

“At half time obviously we knew that the other team were losing and I thought we had a real chance then, if we could get another goal.

“I thought maybe with them (Rubin) being down to ten men, I could see the Greek team winning by a couple of goals and I thought, well maybe four goals would be enough for us tonight.”

Spurs now face Sunderland at White Hart Lane on Sunday, and will look to make amends for last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Stoke.

By Gareth McKnight