Redknapp frustrated by stubborn Sunderland

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp left the Stadium of Light disappointed that his side hadn’t been able to break down Sunderland’s stubborn defence, writes Graeme Anderson.

“Looking at the game, I thought it was a game we could have won,” he said.

“You have to take your points where you can get them and we had to come here looking for them.

“I know it’s a difficult place to come.

“But I think we had pretty much all of the ball in the first quarter-of-an-hour and they were content to sit and invite us to break them down.

“They almost played like an away team, looking to hit us on the counter-attack and they always dropped deep and made it difficult.

“Sunderland do graft.

“They have Lee Cattermole and Craig Gardner in central midfield and they all put a shift in, all the way through his side.”

Spurs had a couple of claims for penalty appeals but Redknapp didn’t make anything of them – he felt his team had enough in them to have won the match without the referee having to point to the spot.

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