Redknapp fumes at Tottenham defeat by Everton

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp was left fuming after defeat at Everton meant his team slipped to their third league defeat on the trot.

Nikica Jelavic scored his first goal for Everton but Tottenham responded as Rafael van der Vaart and Louis Saha hit the woodwork late on.

Asked if his side deserved a draw, Redknapp replied: "A draw? It was the most one-sided second half you've seen.

"We've battered them non-stop in the second half and ended up getting done."

Defeat means Spurs remain third in the Premier League table, four points ahead of fourth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand and host Newcastle on Monday.

And the narrow loss, where Redknapp's side were well on top in the second half, marks a period where they have won just twice in eight league games, coinciding with Redknapp being linked with the vacant England manager's position.

Despite the run of form, Redknapp said Spurs needed to concentrate on their league position as they aim to qualify for the Champions League next season.

"I'm not bothered about the run. We played well in the second half and we didn't do a lot wrong in the first half.

"[In the] Second half it was completely one-way traffic. We just couldn't get the goal that we deserved. I couldn't have asked for any more in the second half.

"We have to keep going. We've not been out of luck. We got well beaten at Arsenal - they battered us in the second half and we got what we deserved: nothing. Last week we played ever so well against Manchester United and we were unfortunate. Today we were unfortunate.

"But that's football. We've won games we shouldn't have won this year and you lose some that you shouldn't lose."

Everton boss David Moyes celebrated an upcoming 10-year anniversary at the club with a win which lifts his side to ninth in the table.

And it extends an unbeaten run to nine games, with Tottenham the latest big side to lose at Goodison after recent defeats for Chelsea and Manchester City.

Moyes said: "In the second half they put us under big pressure and we carried a wee bit of luck but sometimes you need that.

"It's never easy to come and play at Goodison and I hope none of the Everton teams I put out are easy to play against.

"They have a terrific team and played really well. Maybe [they are] the best team we've played at Goodison so far. That tells you what our players had to do to get a result."

Moyes also highlighted Jelavic's importance as the Croatian striker marked his first start for the club in memorable fashion since signing from Rangers in January.

"What we've missed is the ball coming into the box. It's hardly even a chance really, and he takes it early," Moyes added. "We've not had that all season to give us a chance of maybe nicking games like we've done tonight."