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3rd May 2012, 02:10pm

Harry Redknapp: 'Anything can happen'

Harry Redknapp: 'Anything can happen'

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has urged his team not to let their new-found momentum slip in the battle for Champions League qualification.

Spurs maintained their slender hold on fourth spot in the Barclays Premier League with a 4-1 win at relegation-threatened Bolton on Wednesday.

Spurs have now won two in succession after a run of three straight defeats and Redknapp feels those performances must be repeated for his side to have a chance of rejoining the European elite.

Fifth-placed Newcastle trail only on goal difference and even fourth position - normally the last qualifying space - might not be enough if Chelsea, currently sixth, win this season's Champions League.

That means overhauling Arsenal, a point ahead of Spurs and Newcastle in third, must also be a serious target and Redknapp said: "Anything can happen still, it is all to play for. We have got to try to win the last two games and see where it takes us.

"We have still got to get fourth, never mind third."

Spurs were finally rewarded for their first-half superiority at the Reebok Stadium when Luka Modric hit a superb opener in the 37th minute.

Bolton replied after the break through Nigel Reo-Coker and enjoyed a good spell as they searched for a vital win in what was their game in hand on their relegation rivals.

But three swift counter-attacking goals in the space of nine minutes killed them off as Rafael van der Vaart struck and Emmanuel Adebayor hit a double.

Redknapp said: "It was an important game for us and I thought we played ever so well in the first half - we dominated it from start to finish.

"We came in only 1-0 up, could have been two or three.

"But credit to Bolton, they came out second half and came at us a bit more, got the ball forward and they got the goal.

"At that stage the crowd was with them and they suddenly had a great little spell.

"It looked like they were the more likely team but we then showed fantastic ability on the break, pace, and really punished them."

Bolton remain in the bottom three and have just two games remaining to pull themselves out of trouble.

Manager Owen Coyle said: "We were more than right in it, we were the team on top, but my frustration is this was self-inflicted, as good as Tottenham are. We shot ourselves in the foot.

"In a two-minute period we cost ourselves a game we could easily have won.

"We have got to dust ourselves down. We have two huge games now to decide our own fate."

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