Tottenham striker claims bad luck to blame for Manchester City defeat
Harry Redknapp claimed ahead of Tottenham’s game against Manchester City that his team would have a ‘right good go’ at the Premier League leaders and the Spurs manager was true to his word.
January 23rd, 2012
After falling behind to Samir Nasri and Joleon Lescott goals, the visitors rallied and were level very quickly through Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale, only for Ledley King to fell Mario Balotelli in the final minute.
Defoe admitted on Monday that the defeat at Eastlands was hard to swallow, although claims that Tottenham will bounce back and continue to have a strong season.
Defoe said: “We were so unlucky. The lads are devastated.
“We really thought we were going to win the game when it was 2-2.
“It was just unfortunate. We just needed that bit of luck and it wasn’t there.
“But we will keep going. We have got some big games coming up – games that we can get points from, games I think we can win. We’ll be fine.”
Defoe was desperately close to scoring an injury-time winner for Tottenham but was unable to make a clean contact with Gareth Bale’s cross.
The 29-year-old said on Spurs TV Online: “Gaz’s one at the end, it was difficult for him.
“He went past the player and had to play it in front instead of across, so I could pass it in.
“He had to play it in front and maybe just hit it a little too hard. I couldn’t really reach it.
“As soon as I made the run I thought it was a goal.
“I had to stretch my leg and hook it around the post but I couldn’t really reach it.
“Even then I thought we’d still get the point, the lads had done brilliantly.
“But they got a last-minute penalty and it was all over.”