While Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was pleased to see Spurs record their third consecutive win with victory over Wigan on Saturday, he was disappointed that we didn’t kill the game off sooner.
After two early strikes from Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale saw us race into a 2-0 lead, Wigan came back into the match with a goal after half time and despite the home side going down to 10 men, Spurs couldn’t add to their tally and prevent a tense finish.
“It was complete domination in the first half, we could have been four up and controlled that half from start to finish,” Harry said after the game.
“Then we did exactly what I told them not to do at half-time, and that was get sloppy. We needed to keep the ball, pass the ball, but we gave a terrible goal away.
“It was a bad mistake, we tried to play our way out the box and you can’t always do that. Sometimes you’ve just got to clear your lines but we tried to be clever and gave a goal away and it gave them a lift.”
Spurs lost Jermain Defoe with illness prior to the match but Harry was happy to welcome other players back into the fold.
“Sandro came back today alongside Scott Parker and I liked that combination, it gave us some strength, so we’re looking strong,” he added.
“Rafa came in today. He’d been out with a hamstring but he did what he always does, scored a goal. He’s an amazing goalscorer.”
The win takes Tottenham to sixth in the table with nine points and a game in hand on all those above us. After hosting Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League on Thursday, it’s the big one this Sunday as Arsenal travel to the Lane.