Redknapp - We were unlucky
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp felt the draw was more bad luck than West Ham's defensive heroics.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 19/03/11 4:27pm
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp felt a draw owed more to bad luck than West Ham's defensive heroics in the Premier League stalemate.
Spurs wasted a host of chances which on another day may have punished the Hammers, particularly from Jermain Defoe who struggled to keep his composure in front of goal at times.
Rob Green was in inspired form for the visitors and kept Spurs at bay, denying a Gareth Bale free-kick with a stunning save in the second-half.
West Ham had their own chances which fell mainly to striker Carlton Cole, however the Hammers marksman only managed to force good saves out of Heurelho Gomes. The Brazilian shot-stopper also kept out a Demba Ba strike.
Redknapp's men failed to put more pressure on the top four in the lunchtime draw, but he was nonetheless pleased with the performance at White Hart Lane.
"I was really pleased with the way we played today. Passing was great, we made loads of chances, we just couldn't get the break in front of goal," Redknapp told Sky Sports.
"It was one of those matches. But I was well pleased with how we played the game today.
"They [West Ham] defended well but we kept hitting the woodwork today, and you need a bit of luck in front of goal."
Spurs midfielder Rafael van der Vaart appeared to react angrily to being substituted after 71 minutes and the Dutchman headed straight down the tunnel not for the first time this season.
Redknapp admitted he was unhappy to see the player's reaction and said the matter would be dealt with.
"I don't like that," said Redknapp. "I'll talk to him about that. If you're part of a team, you should stay and watch the game.
"He's a good lad and I just made a substitution. I thought he'd given everything today and I just went for a change."