Having held and matched Manchester United for an hour last night, manager Harry Redknapp believes that the first goal was pivotal. Had Spurs managed to sneak the opener after just shading possession in the first half it may have been different but after Danny Wellbeck struck, the proverbial flood gates opened.
“I felt we were right in the game and certainly at half-time, I thought it was a game that we had as much chance of winning as they did,” said Harry on the club’s website.
“We were going well in the second half, no real problems, but we conceded a goal and then we opened up. That goal changed the game and gave them confidence.”
Having brought on Pavlyuchenko for Kranjcar in the hope of an equaliser, Spurs were vulnerable at the back and with the game more open, two further strikes sealed the win,
“We were looking for an equaliser but we became too open and it was a problem,” Harry continued.
“I took a chance, looking for a goal. Rafa might score, Pav might score, Defoe might score, we still had two wingers on. We were very open but at 1-0 down it was a case of trying to get an equaliser.”
It was a disappointing result after the feeling was that we could at least sneak a draw, but we must now host Manchester City on Sunday and attempt to take our first points of the season.