Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp critical of Chris Foy

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was angry with referee Chris Foy after he made a number of questionable decisions in their 2-1 defeat at Stoke.

Spurs felt Foy missed two handballs, wrongly disallowed an Emmanuel Adebayor strike for offside and harshly awarded Younes Kaboul a second yellow card.

"Adebayor was way onside," said Redknapp. "There were two blatant handballs and the referee missed them.

"I thought he had a poor day. It [Kaboul's sending off] was farcical."

Stoke took a 2-0 lead with a first-half double from Matthew Etherington, although Peter Crouch appeared to control the ball with his arm in assisting the opener.

The visitors hit back through an Adebayor penalty but were denied spot-kicks on two more occasions as they pushed for the equaliser.

REDKNAPP'S REFEREE RANTS

  • "I've never been one for criticising referees - it's never been my game - but it was a blatant penalty. If you get the penalty, it could make a big difference." On Howard Webb, November 2010
  • "I never walk in after games and complain about a referee but this guy is scary. He's a poor referee and I've seen him make a mess of so many games. He's really not good enough." On Steve Tanner, December 2008
  • "I just question the referee's overall performance which I thought was inept. Every game I see this season has seven or eight bookings. I think it's frightening." On Andy D'Urso, February 2008

Kaboul's goalbound shot hit Ryan Shawcross's elbow on the line and, in the scramble that followed, Adebayor was incorrectly flagged offside as he fired home.

Jermain Defoe also felt one of his shots was blocked by a hand while Tottenham were further incensed by the red card shown to Kaboul.

"That's why we've come away with nothing," said Redknapp. "We were poor in the first half, we didn't play well. But we changed it at half-time and, in the second half, we battered them.

"Unfortunately a couple of decisions he [Foy] got completely and utterly wrong. When the ball gets rattled in and the fella on the line [Shawcross] goes like that [motions] with his arm, it's handball.

"Kaboul gets a yellow card for saying to the referee, 'That was handball on the line', which it was. He hasn't sworn. The second one was harsh - it was a foul but to actually send someone off and ruin a game was farcical really."

Redknapp said he spoke to Foy after the game about his decisions, adding: "I never [usually] go and talk to referees after a game, I accept defeat.

"I never complain about referees' decisions - I have not done it in 30 years of management, never. But today, I'm afraid, he got some badly wrong.

"He hadn't seen them, but when he goes home and watches them, he will realise he got a couple badly wrong.

"To be honest, from the start of the game I felt like he wasn't going to give us much. I just felt like he was quite enjoying not giving us anything.

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"He has not made mistakes because he meant to - he is an honest guy - but today I just felt he had a bad day, and so did the linesman who missed Adebayor being two yards onside."

Stoke boss Tony Pulis was unwilling to get drawn into any argument about the controversial decisions but praised his players and tipped Tottenham to challenge for the title.

"If they were penalties, they were penalties - you have to decide that," said Pulis.

"If you look at Tottenham and what they've got it's formidable to play against. They have so much quality and they are the form team in the Premier League. On current form, and for rest of season, they are title contenders.

"A friend of mine who is a Tottenham fan thinks they are the best team since the double-winning 1961 season.

"I thought we did really well. We have played Liverpool, Man United, Chelsea and now Tottenham at home this season and we're unbeaten."