BLACKPOOL 3 vs TOTTENHAM 1
TOTTENHAM manager Harry Redknapp lambasted his toothless strikeforce after their hopes of holding onto a Champions League spot suffered a major blow with defeat to struggling Blackpool.
A Charlie Adam penalty and further goals from DJ Campbell and Brett Ormerod brought the visitors down to earth following last week’s win over AC Milan at the San Siro.
Roman Pavlyuchenko snatched a consolation for Spurs, but it did little to quell the ire of Redknapp after a second half in which Blackpool goalkeeper Richard Kingson repeatedly justified his selection.
“I have never seen a team miss so many open goals in my life. We had chances from two, three, four yards out and we just couldn’t score or hit defenders on the line,” said Redknapp. “In the second half at 2-0 we had chance after chance after chance. We missed about 10 open goals and defended badly.” Defeat leaves Tottenham fourth, just two points ahead of Chelsea having played one game more.
Blackpool climb to 12th in the Premier League but are still just five points above the drop zone.
Adam opened the scoring after 18 minutes, converting from the spot and Campbell got on the scoresheet just before half time, heading in a James Beattie cross at the far post.
Ormerod poached the third with 10 minutes remaining, before Pavlyuchenko’s deflected volley in injury time rounded off the scoring.