Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has played down the effects of his players' secret Christmas party on their performance in the defeat to Wolves at White Hart Lane last weekend.
Redknapp had been under the impression that his players were going to Ireland on a golfing trip for their Christmas celebrations last week but it has been reported today that the squad instead visited two bars and a nightclub, despite their manager's well-documented opposition to footballers drinking to excess.
However, Redknapp refused to blame the trip for the loss to Wolves and felt the "true character" of his team came out in the 3-0 victory over Manchester City in midweek.
Redknapp told The Sun: "Wednesday was their day off and Robbie (Keane) told me they were going to Ireland to play golf. I had no problem with that.
"However, it is widely known that I do not approve of Christmas parties and I've always made it clear players should only drink in moderation.
"Whatever happened in Ireland, I do not accept it had any effect on the result against Wolves.
"The squad trained brilliantly on Thursday and Friday and there were other reasons why we lost that match.
"On Wednesday this week, when we beat Man City 3-0, you could see the true character and talent in this team."Reuse content