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Tottenham boss Redknapp rubbishes Bent victimisation claims

Tottenham boss Harry Rednapp has rubbished claims he is victimising Darren Bent after the striker's stunning miss against Wigan.

"Don't be so f*****g precious," rapped Redknapp in response to suggestions that Bent had been upset by a joke that his wife would have scored the simple header in the final minutes of Sunday's 1-1 draw.

"If I had the hump every time someone said something about me, I wouldn't get out of the house in the morning. It wasn't like it was Darren Bent I was trying to knock, I swear. If it had been Jermain Defoe I'd have said the same thing. It was my reaction to the miss.

"It could have been anybody. Someone said: 'Do you think you should have won the game?' and I replied: 'Yes, I think my missus would have scored it.'.

"You can't keep pussy-footing around. What am I supposed to say? 'It was a really good try' or 'he was unlucky' or 'he's done his best'?

"He should make sure that next time he gets a chance, he scores. Go out and practise. He spent a bit of time this morning heading balls into the goal."

Redknapp added: "He's got a future, they all have, but I can't sit back here and say I'm not going to bring any players in."

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