Harry hails 'fantastic' Gomes

08 November 2009 11:37
Manager Harry Redknapp was relieved to see his Tottenham Hotspur side secure a slightly fortunate 2-0 victory at home to Sunderland. Goals from Robbie Keane and Tom Huddlestone were enough to see off the Black Cats, although Spurs were grateful to keeper Heurelho Gomes for saving a penalty from former White Hart Lane striker Darren Bent. The Brazilian was also fortunate not to be red-carded for the foul on Bent which resulted in the spot-kick. Redknapp told Sky Sports News: "The keeper did what he does and was fantastic. He looked a world-class keeper today. "He didn't feel it was a penalty, he's said he's pulled his arm away, he didn't actually stick his arm out. "He's said that he's got kicked in the chest. I haven't seen the replay so I wouldn't be able to comment, but he's said he definitely didn't foul him. "I thought he was going away from goal anyway and I don't even know if it was a penalty. "But when keepers come out and make a genuine attempt to win the ball sometimes the forward may be quicker, they may just get a toe to it, but he was trying to get the ball - he didn't come out to bring the man down. "I don't think you can send people off in that situation and ruin the football match. I think it was a yellow card if he did foul him and a penalty."

Source: ESA