Redknapp desperate for Spurs to put an end to late concessions

23 February 2009 08:53
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Harry Redknapp is determined to end Tottenham's

run of losing their last four Barclays Premier League away games to late goals in his side's "massive" clash against Hull tonight.  

Newcastle, West Brom, Wigan and Bolton have snatched victories against Spurs in the last two months, leaving Redknapp's men hovering dangerously above the relegation zone.  

It has led to Spurs boss Harry Redknapp describing the clash at the KC Stadium as huge in terms of survival this season.  

Redknapp is also preparing his side for the Carling Cup final against Manchester United on Sunday, but said: "With our position in the league we have to make sure that we get our priorities right."  

Spurs also conceded late against Shakhtar Donetsk last week to leave them a mountain to climb to stay in the UEFA Cup.  

"Obviously conceding late is a problem," Redknapp said. "I don't know, they shouldn't be nervous. I just think it's a case of dealing with set-plays better. There's no reason we shouldn't do."  

Redknapp admits his side are struggling to cope with set-pieces. "You start to think 'can we deal with it?'," he said. "It's the worst it can be. But the more you talk about it. 

"It is something we have to deal with. We are not a big team. If you look against Shakhtar, only Michael Dawson is a real header of a ball. After that, Pascal Chimbonda can spring, Tom Huddlestone is okay but we are not a big side.  

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"If you had Jonathan Woodgate or Ledley King in the side (it is different). We haven't got that many that strong in the air when they are not playing."  

Against Shakhtar they were not helped by goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes flapping at the ball for the Ukrainian champions' opener. Redknapp also has Carlo Cudicini to pick from for the clash against Hull.  

"The keeper came for the ball and if he comes he has to get it, or he stays at home and probably saves it," Redknapp said. "If you come you have got to get it, that is the decision. If you come and not get the ball it is a problem."  

Redknapp would ideally like to take his squad away to prepare for Wembley but he admits the Hull clash is vital for survival. Spurs then face their second leg against Shakhtar on Thursday.  

Redknapp said: "We should be preparing for three or four days and do something different to get the players ready. We're playing Thursday night.  

"It's Manchester United anyway, so it's not an ideal week. We got back from Shakhtar 5am on Friday morning, Hull Monday night, Shakhtar on Thursday then the final. The Thursday-night game is a nuisance."

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Source: Daily_Mail