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'A great defeat' - Harry

Posted on 17 August 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp described our Champions League play-off first leg at Young Boys as a 'rollercoaster' - admitting at 3-0 down, things 'looked desperate'.

'A great defeat' - Harry

Harry Redknapp described our Champions League play-off first leg at Young Boys as a 'rollercoaster' - admitting at 3-0 down, things 'looked desperate'.

Sebastien Bassong helped turn the game around with a goal just before the break and Roman Pavlyuchenko fired home seven minutes from time for a final score of 3-2 at the Stade de Suisse.

It means it's all to play for as we go into the second leg at the Lane on Wednesday week, August 25, with two crucial away goals in the bag.

All Spurs fans would have surely taken that final scoreline after we trailed 3-0 inside 30 minutes in Bern.

"We were in desperate trouble at 3-0 down so to come back and get two goals makes it a great defeat, if there is such a thing," reasoned Harry. "It keeps us in the tie.

"They played very well and we did not look easy on the pitch, we looked tentative, we didn't look like we could handle the conditions.

"I really thought we were bang in trouble so full credit to the lads for coming back.

"I wouldn't make excuses (about the artificial pitch).

"We trained on it yesterday (Monday) and I could tell by the way the players were looking that they were not comfortable at all with the pitch and I think we went out and played like that.

"Young Boys looked much more at home on the pitch, much more sure footed than we did and I felt we looked all over the place really.

"It is very difficult, we never play on astroturf, we never train on astroturf and it is a different surface to what we are used to but they knew how to play on it, they were very good.

"Full credit to them and it will be a difficult game at White Hart Lane.

"It will be a great atmosphere, a big European night and it is a game we have to win now. We have to be up for it and see if we can get the result."

Meanwhile, Harry reported that Luka Modric and Jermain Defoe were both forced out of the action with groin injuries.

Niko Kranjcar came on for Luka Modric at half-time while JD limped off and was replaced by Robbie Keane after 66 minutes.

"We'll have to see how they are," added Harry, who now prepares for the trip to Stoke in the Premier League on Saturday.