Redknapp won't blame Gomes

Spurs boss refuses to criticise keeper despite Euro blunder

Gomes: Backed by Redknapp despite blunder against Real

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has refused to criticise goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes after his blunder against Real Madrid.

The Brazilian fumbled the ball into the net as Real claimed a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane in the second-leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash to progress 5-0 on aggregate.

But Redknapp refused to heap blame onto the shoulders of his keeper.

"It was a mistake and it was a disappointing goal to concede but I'm not about to start blaming the keeper as he has been great for me ever since I took over as manager," said Redknapp.

"Gomes made a rare mistake but that is how it goes"

Harry Redknapp

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"Gomes made a rare mistake but that is how it goes.

"He has made fantastic saves for us that he has had no right to make at times this season. I have no complaints."

Appeals

Redknapp saw his side exit without scoring against Madrid, but he thinks Spurs were denied a couple of clear penalties, one coming as Luka Modric was bundled over by Xabi Alonso.

"It was definitely a foul on Modric but sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't," he said.

"Sometimes I am left wondering what the official behind the goal is supposed to be doing."

The Spurs boss is a confirmed fan of Real, but he still feels they will go out to rivals Barcelona in the semi-finals.

"Barca are the best team I've seen in the last 30 years. I don't think there is anyone out there who can touch them," he concluded.

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