Tottenham's hopes of securing a second successive season in the Champions League took a blow when they had to settle for a point thanks to Simon Cox's 81st-minute equaliser.

The draw leaves Spurs one point behind fourth-place Manchester City, who play their game in hand at Blackburn tomorrow.

The Londoners have now won just once in their last seven league games and face the daunting prospect of tackling City, Chelsea and Liverpool before the end of the season.

Redknapp admits only a wonder-strike like Cox's late curler could have prevented his team from taking all three points yesterday, and is sure that they will recover in time for Saturday's mouth-watering encounter at Stamford Bridge.

"We won't be deflated by the result. It's not the end of the world, everybody has results like that," Redknapp said

"We had the game in the bag and then the kid hit a worldy.

"It was unreal. He could try that every day for the next six years and he would not be able to do that again."

Defeats to the likes of West Ham, Wigan and Blackpool have cost Spurs dearly this year, but they have performed well against their rivals at the top end of the table.

Redknapp believes that taking points off Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool while tackling some of the continent's biggest sides in Europe this year shows that his team merit a place in next year's Champions League.

"We belong in the top four," Redknapp said.

"We battered Man City on the first day of the season and couldn't get the win. We can give anyone a game. We've drawn with the top teams but they were games we could easily have won.

"We pushed Man City all the way. At the start of the year I thought Man City would win the league.

"I saw them bring in Yaya Toure and David Silva and all these people. I thought bloody hell!

"All these people were world-class and mega in terms of cost and wages. Then they brought Dzeko in for £28million!"

This week Redknapp called on Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to spend big this summer, even if they only make the Europa League, but even the Spurs boss himself admits the exorbitant demands of some clubs is likely to rule them out of signing some of the continent's biggest names.

"It's hard finding top players," the 64-year-old said.

"Clubs want crazy money. We enquired about (Villarreal striker Giuseppe) Rossi, and they were saying he's worth £35million. Crazy money. Way beyond what we can pay."

Baggies boss Roy Hodgson has now taken 13 points from his eight matches in charge at the Hawthorns to drag West Brom from 17th to 12th.

Hodgson is attempting to develop West Brom's squad and is determined to hang on to his stars to help him achieve that aim.

Saturday's opening scorer Peter Odemwingie has reportedly grabbed Juventus' attention thanks to the 13 goals he has scored this year, but Hodgson warned that selling the Nigerian could have disastrous consequences.

"It would be nice if Juventus told us (they were interested) rather than us having to hear it from the media," Hodgson said.

"But it's a no brainer really isn't it? If you're going to have a spell of years - even if it's only two - in the Premier League then you've got to improve your team.

"We were very lucky to survive my first six months at Fulham but we did improve the team quite considerably going into the next season and again into the season after that and now we'd all agree Fulham are not a only a mid-table team but I would put them up as one of the top 10 teams in the country."