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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Redknapp spurs on troops as Toffees dent bid

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp urged his team to keep believing in themselves despite suffering a third consecutive Premier League loss at Everton on Saturday.

Nikica Jelavic's first goal for the Toffees midway through the first half meant Spurs stayed only four points clear of north London rivals Arsenal in the battle for third place -- and the Gunners can further reduce what was until recently a 10-point deficit if they beat Newcastle tonight.

Redknapp (pictured), whose side lost against Arsenal and at home to Manchester United on the previous two weekends, said: "I said all along that 10 points can evaporate very quickly.

"You look at the fixtures and you knew going away to Arsenal, Chelsea, playing Manchester United -- they were tough games and you knew it could turn.

"But we're still in a better position than the other teams and we've just got to keep going, keep believing and we'll go again and turn it around."

Bolton boss Owen Coyle felt his team's 2-1 home win over QPR could prove vital to the Trotters' survival bid.

He said: "It's such a valuable three points. I said in the build-up that it was our biggest game of the season, playing against another one of the five teams in our group -- we have to finish first or second in that group."

Ivan Klasnic's winner was not the main talking point of a controversial afternoon at the Reebok Stadium.

Rangers manager Mark Hughes was left fuming after a first-half header from Clint Hill crossed the line but was not given as a goal.

The Welshman said: "All we hope for is a level playing field. If we get beaten fairly and squarely then we'll hold our hands up, but that's not happening at the moment."

Like Bolton, Blackburn gave their survival bid a boost on Saturday, as two fine finishes from Junior Hoilett earned Rovers a 2-0 victory at Wolves.

Finally, substitute Andreas Weimann's last-gasp strike secured a 1-0 home win for Aston Villa against Fulham.

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