Harry’s backing Pool to beat the drop

Ian Holloway and Harry Redknapp
Ian Holloway and Harry Redknapp
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HARRY Redknapp has tipped Blackpool to beat Bolton on Saturday and book a second season in the Premier League.

The Tottenham manager was complimentary about the Seasiders after watching his team grab a 1-1 draw courtesy of Jermain Defoe’s 89th-minute strike.

It means Pool have taken four points off Spurs this season, having beaten Redknapp’s side 3-1 at Bloomfield Road in February.

An impressed Redknapp said: “I think they can beat Bolton at home.

“They are on 36 points – one win and they will be OK. They have a big chance

“On Saturday, they played a little bit like they did at the start of the year, when I watched them a lot.

“They were bright; they hit you on the counter attack; they have a go; they work hard.

“They have a bit of pace about them. They looked all right.”

Redknapp admitted he was unhappy about the Seasiders goal, which arrived after they were awarded two penalties in as many minutes. Charlie Adam missed the first but converted the second.

Redknapp had no complaints about the award of either penalty but he felt keeper Heurelho Gomes “lost his head” when he brought down Gary Taylor-Fletcher seconds after saving Adam’s first spot-kick.

Gomes’ mistake came just a week after his gaffe in the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea but Redknapp insists he still has confidence in the Brazil international.

“He made a great save from the penalty and a great save just before that when they had an opportunity,” he said.

“I think everybody sort of lost their cool. We saved the penalty, and instead of calming the situation down and dealing with it, we were all jumping around slapping one another on the back.

“The ball comes in and we don’t deal with it.”

The point did little for Spurs’ hopes of securing a Champions League berth and Redknapp admitted it is now “very difficult” to take fourth place from Manchester City.