Monday 1 May 2017

Redknapp enraged as big calls go against Spurs

STOKE CITY 2 TOTTENHAM 1 Ian Herbert

Harry Redknapp has that habit of taking all the attention and it is certainly hard to ignore him when he's imagining how a linesman who has done his side a disservice might be spending the evening: "He will watch it on TV when his wife is making a bacon sandwich and he'll think, 'oh, f*** me, what have I done there?'"

The Spurs manager had reason to feel aggrieved, though this day still belonged to players who have made a life away from the limelight of White Hart Lane.

There was no great fanfare when Peter Crouch left north London on deadline day this summer and when he stepped up to take his penalty in the shoot-out which eliminated Spurs from the Carling Cup earlier this season, Redknapp shouted: "We know which side you go for."

Crouch scored from the spot and yesterday he showed, once again, that he has always played his best football under managers who rate him.

Redknapp was not among them, but Pulis is. "Have a look at his stats," the Stoke manager said of Crouch, who showed some clever control to play a part in both Stoke's goals. The happy beneficiary of that was Matthew Etherington, released from Spurs far sooner on his road through football, and whose two goals gave Stoke a deserved win against opponents who had won six in a row and not lost in their last 11 games.

Jonathan Woodgate, another exile, was solid out of position at right-back, while Wilson Palacios, completing a quartet of those for whom White Hart Lane once held promise, proved in five minutes that there is something of Stoke in him too.

"We like that effort and commitment and we don't like to have people outside of that group doing what they want to do," Pulis said.

The officials had an even more unconvincing second period than Stoke. First, referee Chris Foy awarded a penalty against Glenn Whelan when the Ireland midfielder appeared to have removed his foot as Luka Modric flew past him through the penalty area. Emmanuel Adebayor scored from the spot.

Next, a handball from Ryan Shawcross was not spotted on the line, as the defender blocked a shot from Younes Kaboul. Then, when the ball was recycled for Adebayor to find the net, the assistant referee did not spot that Marc Wilson had just stepped back over the dead ball line on to the field to play the striker onside. The goal was ruled offside.

Kaboul made his feelings clear by making spectacle signs, earned a booking, and after a soft challenge on Jon Walters soon found himself dismissed.

Redknapp diced with disciplinary courts as he challenged all this. "When I saw (Chris Foy) from the start of the game I didn't think he was going to give us a lot today," the manager said. "I don't know why -- I just had that feeling with him today. I just thought he was just enjoying not giving us anything, really.

"When he goes home tonight he will realise. Adebayor -- how has the linesman not seen it? And the most blatant handball." (© Independent News Service)

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