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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp offers no excuses


Redknapp disappointed with 'sloppy' Spurs

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said his side's midweek Champions League exertions are no excuse for their home Premier League humbling by Wigan.

Spurs reached the group stages of Europe's elite competition on Wednesday but Redknapp said that does not explain the lacklustre 1-0 loss to the Latics.

"Why should it be?" Redknapp said. "You should come full of confidence after winning 4-0 in a Champions League game.

"You should feel fantastic, not have a hangover or feel lethargic."

Jermain Defoe twice went close to giving Spurs the lead in their best spell before the break and they also piled forward in a frantic finale.

We started sloppy in the first five minutes. We kept giving the ball away and we never got out of it; it was a poor performance

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp

But Wigan created the better chances and took the points thanks to Hugo Rodallega's fierce strike 10 minutes from the end, and Redknapp admitted Wigan deserved their win.

"People have got to work harder to get in the game," he added. "Too many today were too easily marked out of the game.

"We lacked the guile to break them down. You miss Luca Modric in these games. When the games are tight, he takes the ball for you.

"We were poor and we got what we deserved.

"Credit to them they worked hard, closed us down and we really couldn't come up with any answers as to how to open them up. That was disappointing on the back of a great week.

"We started sloppy in the first five minutes. We kept giving the ball away and we never got out of it; it was a poor performance.

"They defended great, made it difficult for us and hit us on the break. We were devoid of ideas in many areas."

Martinez delighted with Wigan win

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was thrilled with the result but also the performance.

The two previous league games against Blackpool and Chelsea this season had seen Wigan concede 10 goals, and Martinez praised his side's response to those defeats.

"I'm delighted," he told BBC Sport. "But more than that I think today was a real mental test. We had to be a team today and we showed that in abundance.

"In a difficult moment for the group with all the distractions. I was extremely proud of the type of performance. We looked in control and deserved the win.

"Today was a clear example of what is needed in a performance.

"We had good chances to show our dominance but on the other side we had to work and defend really well because Spurs were always going to put us under pressure."

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Tottenham 0-1 Wigan
28 Aug 10 |  Premier League
Martinez delighted with Wigan win
28 Aug 10 |  Wigan

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