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Manager Harry Redknapp questions Tottenham fans' booing

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Redknapp cannot fault Spurs display

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has responded to the club's fans after his side were booed off following the 1-1 Premier League draw with Sunderland.

Spurs are down to sixth in the table after failing to win in their last four league games, although they beat Inter Milan 3-1 in the Champions League.

And Redknapp queried: "What have they got to moan about?

"They've seen some of the best football in recent times here, I don't think anyone can be disappointed with us."

Redknapp also criticised referee Howard Webb for turning down a penalty appeal and not sending off Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole at White Hart Lane.

David Bentley looked like he had been fouled when he tumbled in the Sunderland penalty box during the second half but the Spurs winger was booked instead for diving.

"It was a penalty, a blatant penalty," said Redknapp. "How he [Webb] can book him...

"I've never been one for criticising referees - it's never been my game - but it was a blatant penalty. If you get the penalty, it could make a big difference."

Cattermole was also shown a yellow card for a challenge on Luka Modric but Redknapp felt the tackle deserved a red one.

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"It was a bad tackle in my opinion and could have broken his leg easily," said the Spurs boss. "Modric has got some bad marks on his leg but he was lucky he didn't break his leg.

"Webb has to understand the difference between going over the top of the ball and playing the ball. It just sounds like I'm criticising him but they were two key decisions that I felt weren't right."

Redknapp, missing several players through injury, admitted he was perplexed by the booing at the end of the game, only seven days after their stunning victory over Inter Milan in the Champions League.

"Anyone who enjoys watching football has to enjoy how we're playing - I do for sure," he continued. "We're a really good team and we'll go on to be fantastic one.

"We couldn't have done any more. We couldn't have tried any harder."

And, sarcastically, he added: "They've [the supporters] had it so good over the years, you see. When you keep winning league championships every year, you get upset when you don't win."

Sunderland mentality has to change - Bruce

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce was delighted with his side's second-half display after they earned a point thanks to Asamoah Gyan's strike, which cancelled out Rafael van der Vaart's opener.

"Spurs were terrific in the first half, with Modric and Tom Huddlestone zipping it around, but we pressed them higher up the pitch in the second half and looked a real threat," Bruce reflected.

"There's a lot said about tactics and things but when you play away from home you've got to play like you mean it. We were better when we went two up top in the second half and I thought we could have nicked it.

"There is much more to come from Gyan - a lot of players needed a bit of a break after the World Cup. When I can play him with Darren Bent, we'll be a real threat."

Gyan, who scored his fifth goal for the Black Cats, admitted that Bruce had given them a dressing down at half-time after an inadequate 45-minute performance.

"The manager wasn't happy, we had to come back strongly and get into the game and we did that," said the Ghanaian striker.

"I think we could have won in the end. We came back well in the second half and it's an important point for us.

"I'm really happy because the team is doing well, I'm delighted with how it's going at Sunderland."



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