TOTTENHAM 1 vs SUNDERLAND 1
TOTTENHAM?boss Harry Redknapp launched a stinging attack on referee Howard Webb after seeing his side let a second-half lead slip against Sunderland.
Rafael van der Vaart kept up his record of scoring in every game he has played at White Hart Lane.
But Spurs’ advantage lasted less than three minutes when a misunderstanding between Younes Kaboul and William Gallas presented Asamoah Gyan with the chance to poach his third goal in two games.
It is now four Premier League games without a win for Spurs and Redknapp held Webb responsible for the extension of that sequence.
The World Cup final official first angered Redknapp for booking David Bentley when it appeared the winger had been felled by Boudewijn Zenden in the penalty area.
And he was further incensed when Webb showed leniency by refusing to dismiss Lee Cattermole for an ugly challenge on Luka Modric.
He said: “It was a penalty wasn’t it? I just watched the replay of it. How he [Webb] can book him?
“He’s not got anything against Tottenham or anybody else but it’s how he saw it.
“I’ve never been one for criticising referees; it’s never been my game. But it was a blatant penalty tonight.
“If you get the penalty, it could make a big difference.”
He added of the tackle by Cattermole, who has earned two red cards already this season: “I don’t know what he does other weeks; I’m only interested in that tackle today and it was a bad tackle in my opinion.
“Could have broken his leg easily. He’s [Modric] lucky he didn’t break his leg.
“He [Webb] has to understand the difference between going over the top of the ball and playing the ball.”
A week ago the famous old ground was rocking to a chorus of ‘Bale, Bale, Bale’ after the Wales winger destroyed Inter Milan.
It was a very different story as the final whistle blew last night, however, with boos echoing out around White Hart Lane, much to Redknapp’s astonishment.
In a jibe laced with irony, he said of the supporters: “They’ve 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.
“What have they got to moan about? What they see here and what they’ve seen here.”