Redknapp unhappy with wasteful forwards
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp took aim at Spurs' misfiring striking contingent after his side missed the chance to go third in a 3-1 defeat at Blackpool last night.

Tottenham are locked in a tight race with Chelsea for a UEFA Champions League qualifying berth and could have opened up a psychologically useful five-point lead over their London rivals had they won at Bloomfield Road.

Instead, Blackpool prevailed with goals from Charlie Adam, DJ Campbell and Brett Ormerod before Spurs grabbed a late consolation through Russian international Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Afterwards Redknapp pointed the finger at Tottenham's forwards, who squandered a hatful of chances throughout, and was also fuming at the concession of a soft penalty early on.

"We gave a penalty away under no pressure because of a scandalous challenge and then after that we can't convert chance after chance," Redknapp said. "In the second half, it was incredible watching it - missing chances from four or five yards like it was going out of fashion.

In the second half, it was incredible watching it - missing chances from four or five yards like it was going out of fashion.
Harry Redknapp, Tottenham Hotspur manager

"You expect when you have got good strikers who are goalscorers to stick them in. There are balls dropping onto their heads and we are waiting for them to head it into the goal from five yards out and they are not scoring. It was just unreal, but that's just how it goes - full credit to Blackpool, they have done fantastic."

The win halted a worrying slump for Blackpool, who had taken only one point from a possible 18 in their six previous matches, and lifted Ian Holloway's side into 12th place in the table, five clear of the relegation zone.

"I don't think there is a word that has been written, printed or ever produced in the dictionary that I can use for how pleased I am," Holloway said.

"For all those scenarios that could have happened, and in the second half, looked like they were going to happen, and how depressed I would have been if Tottenham had gone on and taken a few more of their chances, I still don't believe my boys would have deserved that.

"I don't think we got what we deserved against Manchester City or Manchester United here and it looked like Tottenham were going to be too good for us, but we got the third goal at an absolutely vital time. I'd like to say thank you to all my lads."