Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is refusing to blame goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes for their Champions League exit.
Gomes fumbled a tame shot from Cristiano Ronaldo into his own net as Spurs were beaten 1-0 by Real Madrid on Wednesday night, with the Spanish giants claiming a 5-0 aggregate victory to set up a semi-final showdown with Barcelona.
But Redknapp refused to the lay the blame at Gomes’ feet, instead praising the Brazilian for his form since the 64-year-old took over at White Hart Lane.
Redknapp said: “It was a mistake and it was a disappointing goal to concede but I'm not about to start blaming the keeper as he has been great for me ever since I took over as manager.
“Gomes made a rare mistake but that is how it goes.
“He has made fantastic saves for us that he has had no right to make at times this season. I have no complaints.”
However, Redknapp was less than impressed with the extra officials implemented by UEFA after his side had two first-half penalty shouts turned down.
He added: “It was definitely a foul on (Luka) Modric but sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't.
“Sometimes I am left wondering what the official behind the goal is supposed to be doing.”