Redknapp rues Bent blast

28 April 2009 04:05
Harry Redknapp admits he was wrong to publicly criticise Darren Bent following a glaring miss by the striker during a game against Portsmouth in January.[LNB] The Tottenham boss, understandably disappointed after seeing his side held 1-1 at White Hart Lane, famously said 'my missus could have scored it' in regards to the spurned opportunity.[LNB]Redknapp now accepts that lambasting Bent did more harm than good and insists he will refrain from making such comments again in the future.[LNB]"I must admit myself I think I made a mistake after one game, I did cane them a bit," he said. [LNB]"I didn't get a response from that, and someone I respect told me that wasn't my style.[LNB]"I criticised a few of the players and it really doesn't work for me, it's not really the way I manage.[LNB]"I get more out of the players by telling them what they can do rather than what they can't do. That has always been my way. They responded (but) I felt that was a mistake on my part. I felt I rectified that and lifted them and we've gone on from there."[LNB]AdditionsRedknapp has helped to usher in an exciting new era at Tottenham, quickly papering over the cracks left over from Juande Ramos' ill-fated spell at the club.[LNB]He now believes that Spurs will be realistic top-four contenders next season, with a few minor tweaks to his squad all that is required to have the club challenging at the top of the table.[LNB]"I think this is the club to play at, there are only the top four, other than that they couldn't do any better than Tottenham," said Redknapp on possible new recruits.[LNB]"It's a club going places and we could have a great season next year. It's a squad capable of pushing the top four.[LNB]"We need a few new additions in a couple of areas. They are the areas I want to improve."[LNB]

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