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Harry plays down party talk
18 Dec 2009 - 10:56:05
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has denied that a secret players' party was to blame for last weekend's defeat to Wolves.
Spurs lost 1-0 at home to the struggling Molineux club on Saturday just days after the players flew to Ireland for what Redknapp thought was a golf day.
"Wednesday was their day off and (captain) Robbie (Keane) told me they were going to Ireland to play golf. I had no problem with that," he told The Sun.
"However, it is widely known that I do not approve of Christmas parties and I've always made it clear players should only drink in moderation.
"Whatever happened in Ireland, I do not accept it had any effect on the result against Wolves."
Speaking about Wednesday's 3-0 win over Manchester City which consigned the Wolves defeat to the past, Redknapp added: "The squad trained brilliantly on Thursday and Friday and there were other reasons why we lost that match.
"On Wednesday this week, when we beat Man City 3-0, you could see the true character and talent in this team."