What Redknapp said after the Arsenal defeat

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Harry Redknapp has reflected on Tottenham’s embarrasing 5-2 defeat to Arsenal.

It looked to be going so well when we took a two-goal lead through Louis Saha and Emmanuel Adebayor, but Arsenal took control of the game and we never looked like we could compete.

The defeat also means that Arsenal lie just seven points shy of us in third place. It was a frustrating day and there’s plenty which could be said but I don’t want to mull over that performance again. Let’s just hope Harry, Joe, Kevin and co have the players in at the Lodge tomorrow to go through some defensive drills.

“I didn’t feel comfortable to be honest at 2-0 up,” Redknapp told the post-match press conference. “They were creating chances at 2-0.

“To be fair, when they got back to 2-2, they had an opportunity to go 3-2 before half-time so I wasn’t exactly sitting there feeling comfortable. We were hitting them on the counter-attack, but we were camping deep in our half and they were making opportunities.

“At 2-0 I didn’t feel comfortable and at 2-2 I felt even less comfortable and the momentum was with them at half-time. They came off to a standing ovation and you knew it was going to be a very tough second half.

“Van Persie with the second goal was amazing. He had a foot to aim in and stuck it in the top corner.

“They had a bit of quality about them today. They were busy in the middle of the park. It was one of those days for us. We weren’t the same.”

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