Tuesday 12 December 2017

Redknapp salutes fans after five-star win

HARRY Redknapp paid tribute to the Tottenham fans after his players gave the Football Association the perfect example of his credentials for the England job with a 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle.

Following a week which saw Redknapp cleared of tax evasion charges and then installed as the bookmakers' favourite following the resignation of England boss Fabio Capello, Redknapp was relieved to get back to the game.

He was able to watch Louis Saha, with a double, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Niko Kranjcar and Emmanuel Adebayor score the goals to down Alan Pardew's men. Redknapp said: "The crowd have been brilliant with me, they've been great and I appreciated their support."

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas accepted the negative chants of his own club's supporters after the 2-0 defeat at Everton left them fifth.

Villas-Boas, whose position is coming under scrutiny, said: "At the moment we are sitting fifth in the league and it is not enough for us."

Steven Pienaar and Denis Stracqualursi got the goals for the Toffees.

Thierry Henry scored the winner in Arsenal's 2-1 victory at Sunderland during the final league game of his loan spell from New York Red Bulls.

James McClean had given Sunderland the lead before Aaron Ramsey struck the equaliser.

Strikes by Aiyegbeni Yakubu and Steven Nzonzi and a Nedum Onuoha own goal saw Blackburn deliver a 3-2 home win against QPR. Jamie Mackie scored twice late on for the visitors.

Strugglers Wigan earned a 2-1 win at Bolton with goals from Gary Caldwell and James McArthur, Mark Davies netting for the home side.

Pavel Pogrebnyak scored on his Fulham debut in the 2-1 win over Stoke. Clint Dempsey also made the scoresheet, while Ryan Shawcross headed a consolation for the visitors.

Grant Holt scored twice and Anthony Pilkington also netted as Norwich won 3-2 at Swansea, Danny Graham getting two for the home side.

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