It’ll be Fab to just play

TOT­TEN­HAM v STOKE

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS -

HARRY REDKNAPP ad­mits his shell-shocked squad need to play tonight against Stoke – to stop them think­ing about Fabrice Muamba.

Tot­ten­ham play­ers have been rocked by wit­ness­ing the Bolton mid­fielder suf­fer a car­diac ar­rest on the pitch at White Hart Lane.

But the Spurs boss wants them fir­ing on all cylin­ders against Tony Pulis’ team af­ter three league de­feats on the spin.

“Ev­ery­body in foot­ball’s talk­ing about it, it’s not been away from any­body’s mind,” Redknapp said.

“The only place the play­ers have stopped talk­ing about is the dress­ing room.

“We need to be ready to play. We can’t come out and not be up for a game. We need a win.

“We can’t come off and say ‘we got the game out of the way’.

“It’s a mas­sive game for us. We can’t af­ford to lose any games, we’ve got to be ready to play.”

Tight

Spurs have seen their top-four place un­der threat, and Redknapp added: “We have had a run of not good re­sults, but they have not been bad per­for­mances.

“If we don’t win, then things are re­ally get­ting a bit tight. We have to make sure we try to pick up three points.”

Robert Huth is on a mis­son to help Stoke re­cover from their FA Cup mis­ery by se­cur­ing a top ten spot.

Stoke’s best fin­ish is 11th in the 2009/10 cam­paign and Huth is de­ter­mined to help the Pot­ters se­cure their first ever fin­ish in the top half.

He said: “We want to im­prove our po­si­tion from last sea­son and we’re not quite there yet. We need a few more wins but the gap be­tween us and the rel­e­ga­tion zone is get­ting big­ger.

“You look ahead at the games and think you can draw one there, and win one. but it never hap­pens like that.”

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