Redknapp praises ‘difficult’ Bolton

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Harry Redknapp has praised Bolton for making the game difficult for Spurs on Saturday.

Tottenham had to come from behind twice in the match, with Kranjcar and Corluka cancelling out Gardner and Davies’ strikes and Redknapp was happy to come away with a draw in the end.

He told the Tottenham official website, “They started brightly, we started slowly, gave a goal away and it’s difficult from there, but we got stronger as the game went on.

“Bolton played with five across midfield, pressed us and it was hard to find space to pass the ball.

“In the first period especially they really got after our two in central midfield and had a player sitting in front of their back four, protecting and stopping Robbie Keane getting into holes to pick up the ball.

“Their two wide men occupied our full-backs and we were slow in our build-up play because there was nowhere to go.”

Redknapp was also pleased with how the team were able to change their tactics in order to come away with a point.

“We dropped a good ball into Crouchy when we equalised and I said at half-time that when it’s tight and we can’t play through teams, maybe we have to go more direct at times. That was the type of game it was always going to be.

“I had Jermain Defoe on the bench and it’s great when you’ve got someone like that who can come on and change the game for you. He suddenly had a couple of shots out of nothing.

“It’s not an easy place to come, but we kept going and I felt we did okay in the end.”

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