Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has hit back at claims his side rely on Peter Crouch’s height.
Both Stoke City and Aston Villa players are reported to have suggested that Spurs use a lot of long balls to the 6ft 7″ striker.
Redknapp said: “That’s rubbish. Absolute nonsense. We pass the ball to death and hit Crouchy in the right areas.
“They (Villa) got labelled a long-ball team by Arsenal, maybe a couple of their players wanted to pass the buck to us but I wouldn’t know what a long-ball team was.
“If you can hit a 50-yard pass, it’s better than a 10-yard pass or a backwards one. It’s about creating strikes on goals, if it’s 50 yards then it’s a great ball. It’s about quality.”
“Every time we hit Crouchy against Villa he knocked the ball down and we had chances to score,” Redknapp said. “If you are going to have Peter Crouch in your team you have to use him, you can’t expect him to run up channels or to come short. That’s not his game.
“He is an option when teams fill up the midfield and you can’t pass through them. We have that great option to miss out the midfield, hit him and pick things up around the box.
“That is what makes us a much better team – we have options and don’t have to keep passing.
“You can pass all day. We’ve seen that recently from teams. People say they are playing fantastic football but they are not winning games.
“We are playing fantastic football but also have an option with Crouchy as well, which is good.”
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