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Bent miss riles Redknapp
19 Jan 2009 - 07:45:41
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp slammed Darren Bent for heading a late chance wide after his side had hit back to draw 1-1 with Portsmouth at White Hart Lane.
The former Charlton Athletic striker was unmarked in the 80th minute with the goal gaping but contrived to head David Bentley's cross wide.
Earlier David Nugent had put Pompey in front with his first top-flight goal since his £6million move from Preston North End only for Jermain Defoe to equalise against the club he left earlier this month.
Redknapp thought his side deserved to win the game though, saying after the draw: "We're never going to get a better chance to win a match than that.
"I was out of my seat to celebrate and David James was waiting to pick the ball out of the net.
"We missed chance after chance. But we showed great character to come back from 1-0 down.
"We'd lost two players through injury in the first half in Roman Pavlyuchenko and Ledley King and three more (Aaron Lennon, Vedran Corluka and Heurelho Gomes) were not fit to play on at half-time.
"We could easily have hidden but we hit them with everything and missed chances to win the game.
"Darren should have scored, it was an open goal, but there is nothing we can do about that. He didn't do it on purpose and, if we carry on playing like that, we will win matches."