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Redknapp: Run-in is reason to be cheerful

TOTTENHAM manager Harry Redknapp insists he sees no reason to panic despite Saturday's goalless draw at Sunderland extending his side's poor Premier League run to one win in seven.

Redknapp's men were set to face Norwich at White Hart Lane today at the start of a favourable six-match run-in which he believes will secure UEFA Champions League qualification.

After Norwich, all five of Tottenham's remaining opponents are entrenched at the wrong end of the Premier League table and Redknapp hopes that could prove crucial.

Redknapp said: "We've got six games and an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to. We haven't got to play any of the top six now, and we've got some decent home games.

"I think you can get too uptight about it. You've seen teams get in good positions before but then the pressure gets to them. We're quite a laid-back bunch and we'll just get on with it."

Redknapp was set to ring the changes for the Canaries' visit, with his chief concern the fitness of Gareth Bale, who suffered a knock in a challenge by Craig Gardner.

Aaron Lennon was set for his first start in almost a month following a hamstring strain, while Jermain Defoe was also in line to make a comeback.

Redknapp said: "I will make a few changes for sure. I couldn't start Aaron because of his hamstring problem (at Sunderland), so I thought I'd save him for Monday.

"I had to bring him on 10 minutes before I would have liked, but I gave him 30 minutes and he should be okay. Most of them should be, but I will freshen it up."


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