Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Angry Redknapp Brands Spurs Boo-Boys 'Idiots'; Manager Says Fans Who Turned on His Team at Half-Time of FA Cup Replay Don't Understand Football,

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Angry Redknapp Brands Spurs Boo-Boys 'Idiots'; Manager Says Fans Who Turned on His Team at Half-Time of FA Cup Replay Don't Understand Football,

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Byline: Tom Collomosse

HARRY REDKNAPP today hit back at the "few idiots" who booed his team off at half-time in the FA Cup quarter-final win over Fulham. Tottenham won Wednesday's replay 3-1 thanks to a superb second-half display but they trailed 1-0 at the interval leading to some supporters expressing their frustration.

Redknapp's irritation was clear as he heard the boos on walking down the tunnel and he said today: "I don't know what people coming to Tottenham could boo about. They've seen football out of the top drawer this season. You always get people who don't understand the game who boo just because you're not winning.

"They see the scoreboard and react because the team are losing. Ninetynine per cent of the fans are fantastic; it's only a few idiots. It's happening all over the place at the moment. It's happened to Martin O'Neill at Aston Villa in recent games if they haven't been ahead at half-time."

Redknapp's side face his former club Portsmouth at White Hart Lane tomorrow, a fortnight before they take on the same opponents in the FA Cup semifinal at Wembley.

Victory is paramount for Spurs, who face Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea next month, fixtures that are likely to determine whether they finish fourth in the Premier League.

But Redknapp believes that regardless of the results of the closing stages of the campaign, it has still been an excellent one for his club.

He continued: "Whatever we achieve, it has been a great season. We're fourth in the League and in an FA Cup semifinal.

The race for fourth is so tight, that any of the four teams could easily finish fourth or seventh. We're just lucky Everton appear to have started their run a bit late in the season.

"Liverpool have great fixtures in the run-in, and they could be favourites to finish fourth even though they're a few points behind us. I can't see them losing too many games in the run-in.

"Manchester City and Villa are in there but we're playing very well and we're in there with a good chance."

Redknapp continues to battle with a demanding injury list, however. …

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