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PAOK loss cost us - Harry

Posted on 16 December 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp put our exit in the Europa League down to a crazy first 15 minutes at home to PAOK.

Harry Redknapp put our exit in the Europa League down to a crazy first 15 minutes at home to PAOK.

The manager said everything had gone to plan in the competition until Matchday Five at White Hart Lane on November 30.

Indeed, at 8.15pm that night we found ourselves 2-0 down against the Greek side and with a mountain to climb.

We managed to pull a goal back but despite being camped in PAOK's half for the duration of the second half, we couldn't find the equaliser.

Ultimately, that result made all the difference as we beat Shamrock Rovers 4-0 in our final group game in Dublin on Thursday night.

We needed to win, turn around a five-goal deficit in goal difference and hope PAOK beat Rubin Kazan in Salonika.

Mission impossible looked possible as we led 3-0 at half-time at Tallaght Stadium and PAOK led Rubin Kazan 1-0, with the Russians down to 10 men.

However, Rubin levelled in the second half and it stayed 1-1 in Greece - meaning whatever we did in Dublin wouldn't have been enough.

It would have been a different story had we found an equaliser against PAOK at the Lane.

Indeed, PAOK would have gone out on 10 points with ourselves and Rubin on 11.

But it wasn't to be.

"We just had a bad 15 minutes against PAOK at home," said Harry.

"Everything had gone to plan. We had won a couple of home games, gone away and got a draw in Greece.

"It looked like we needed four points out of the last two games.

"It was a big upset to lose at home. We went 2-0 down and battered them in the second half but just couldn't get the goal.

"We could have gone to Shamrock and won and been through but we threw it away at home in that game."