Harry's recovery put to test by Cottagers

Duncan Bech

TOTTENHAM assistant coach Joe Jordan admits Harry Redknapp's recovery from a heart procedure will have been interrupted by yesterday's dramatic 3-1 victory over Fulham.

Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon established a comfortable interval lead in the Premier League clash at Craven Cottage, only for Fulham to burst into life in the second half.

An own goal from Younes Kaboul was forced in the 57th minute before a glut of chances were created in the final half hour.

The biggest thrills arrived in five minutes of stoppage time topped by a goalmouth scramble that should have seen Spurs right-back Kyle Walker concede a penalty for handball.

Redknapp, advised to stay away from football for four to five weeks after having two stents inserted to unblock coronary arteries, watched the match from home.

The 64-year-old has been told to avoid stress, but Jordan believes that will have been difficult yesterday.

"Never mind the goalmouth scramble, that last half hour will have been a good test for Harry," he said. "If he passes that, which I'm sure he will, he may be back a little bit earlier.

"He's got another two weeks during the international break to recover."


Martin Jol feels Fulham should have been awarded a penalty by referee Peter Walton after Walker fell to the floor and put his hands on the ball.

"I felt we were a bit hard done by in the penalty situation. It was a penalty," said the Fulham manager.

"We deserved at least a point. I won't say we played them off the park, but we played well and put them under pressure. Everyone played their part. Tottenham had seven or eight attempts at goal and scored three goals. We had 28 attempts on goal but scored once.

"Tottenham were very efficient but in the second half they had two attempts on goal."

Jordan insisted Fulham only had themselves to blame for the outcome, though the heroics of Spurs keeper Brad Friedel were hugely influential.

"There were a number of other areas where Fulham should look at. They had chances but didn't take them," said Jordan.