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Redknapp insists Spurs still in chase for fourth

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists his side are still in the race for a Champions League place despite seeing the goals dry up in recent weeks.

Liverpool and Manchester City have overtaken Spurs in the Premier League, with Redknapp challenging his players to find the goalscoring form they were in before Christmas.

"We have as good a chance as anyone else. We have goalscorers and you'd expect us to score," Redknapp said. "We just need one or two more to weigh in with a goal or two.

"Man City can't beat 10-man Stoke the other day and were lucky to get a draw. It's hard to win football matches. We're all struggling. Liverpool are clawing out results as you'd expect them to.

"We're not taking advantage of their slip-ups. Everyone is struggling to get wins. There are no easy games. Stoke, Bolton, wherever you go, there are no 'gimmes' in this division."

Spurs face Wigan tomorrow in a repeat of the fixture earlier in the season when Redknapp's men won 9-1. Redknapp knows all about conceding nine after his first match as a manager, in charge of Bournemouth.

He said: "It wasn't a freak result when we lost 9-0. The team was just useless. We lost 5-0 the week after, so we did improve.

"The pitch was like an ice-skating rink, never ever playable. The only boots we had, because we were skint, were with long nylon studs. When they went for a kickabout they were all falling over.

"The Lincoln players had the new boots with the pimple studs. They were gliding around and I thought 'oh my God'.

"We were 8-0 down and we had a corner with half an hour to go. The old trainer John Kirk was shouting for our centre-backs to get up. I said 'Get up? What, are we going to win 9-8?' They got the ninth with 20 minutes to go and I thought 'this could be 15'."

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