Tottenham form is no worry for manager Harry Redknapp

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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he is "not concerned" by his side's poor run of form despite no victory in almost two months.

Spurs, who have not won in four Premier League games, will seek to get their pursuit of a top-four place back on track when they host Stoke on Saturday.

But Redknapp insisted: "The form isn't bad at all. We have had one defeat in the last nine league games.

"We've made chances and I'm pleased with the way we've been playing."

Spurs' last league victory was away at Sunderland on 12 February, a result which left them in the last of the automatic Champions League places, three points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea.

However, they have since swapped places with their London rivals and trail Carlo Ancelotti's side by five points. They have failed to score in their last four games in all competitions and have not won in six matches, including two Champions League matches.

Spurs face an extremely difficult task to overturn Real Madrid's 4-0 lead from Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first-leg when the teams meet again at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

Now their most likely route back into Europe's premier club competition appears to be through the league.

But Redknapp admitted: "It's tough to break into the top four.

"We beat Manchester City to do it last year and they went out and spent about £140 million on players to make sure that they got there this year. That's how hard it is, but we still have a good chance."

Tottenham's home form is inferior to that of their main Champions League-chasing rivals. They may have only lost once, but six of their 14 matches at White Hart Lane have been draws.

Against Stoke they will have to bounce back from their heavy defeat at the Bernabeu, where Peter Crouch was sent off early in the game.

However, Redknapp stated that the first-leg defeat has not dented his team's confidence, and he is now determined to put their nightmare trip to the Spanish capital behind them.

"We're in a fantastic mood. I have not had to lift the players," said Redknapp.

"We've had a great season, with one bit of a blip the other day.

"I was OK, I wasn't on the floor when I got home or anything. I got home at 5.30 in the morning, had a cup of tea and took the dogs for a walk. I was fine.

"I've got nothing to get low about. It was a disappointing game but I couldn't come away feeling we hadn't worked as hard as we could.

"Playing with 10 against the incredible players they have is impossible. We did an incredible job hanging in there."

Redknapp also urged Tottenham fans not to hold a grudge against Peter Crouch over his damaging dismissal in Madrid.

"Crouchy has been low and feels he's let everybody down, but you have to remember that without Crouchy we wouldn't have been there," continued Redknapp.

"His goals took us to the quarter-finals. He has won games for us. He's a great lad and I have got so much time for him as a person and a player. He's sorry for what he did but we have to move on."

Aaron Lennon, who pulled out of Tuesday's game at the last minute due to illness, will be given a late fitness test on Saturday along with injured Croatian duo Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar.

There was some good news from the treatment room concerning Ledley King though.

The injury-plagued defender has not played since October but no longer requires a second operation on his groin problem.

"Ledley is not having surgery," Redknapp added. "He's doing a little bit of fitness training. Let's see how he goes. It's week to week with him."

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