Spurs old boy Matthew Etherington’s first-half double was sufficient to earn Stoke a 2-1 victory at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday, ending a run of 10 wins and a draw from their previous 11 top flight matches for Redknapp’s team.

In Sunday’s other game, Sunderland celebrated Martin O’Neill’s first match in charge by rallying to beat Blackburn 2-1, with Sebastian Larsson scoring an injury-time winner from a free kick to lift the team out of the relegation zone.

Tottenham remain third but Chelsea now have the opportunity to climb above them with victory over leaders Manchester City on Monday – something Redknapp felt could have been avoided but for Foy’s controversial decisions.

Although the Merseyside official awarded Spurs a penalty, converted by Emmanuel Adebayor, for a foul on Luka Modric, he twice missed handballs on the line by Ryan Shawcross and Dean Whitehead.

Foy also ruled out a legitimate Adebayor goal despite the on-loan striker being clearly played onside by Marc Wilson.

“Unfortunately, a couple of decisions he got completely and utterly wrong,” Redknapp said of Foy.

“Yes I told him (Foy) so. I never 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, I’m afraid, he got some badly wrong.

“The referee hasn’t made mistakes because he meant to – he’s an honest guy, but he had a bad day.

“So did the linesman who missed Adebayor being two yards onside – he’ll look at it on TV when his wife’s making him a bacon sandwich and he’ll think ‘what have I done there?’.”

Spurs will need to quickly dust themselves down for Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Shamrock Rovers in Dublin where, as well as winning themselves, they will need Rubin Kazan to lose and a six-goal swing in goal difference if they are to pinch a spot in the knockout phase.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis would not be drawn on the incidents.

“If they were penalties, they were penalties, you have to decide that,” he said.

Meanwhile, O’Neill was left celebrating a surreal start to his career in charge of Sunderland after a dramatic win at the Stadium of Light.

O’Neill’s first match as boss of the Black Cats looked like ending in defeat with Rovers 1-0 up and just six minutes left to play.

But David Vaughan’s powerful long-range shot drew Sunderland level and, in stoppage time, Larsson curled in a free-kick from the edge of the box.

“It was surreal, really surreal. Just to get three points on the board is immense,” said O’Neill, appointed after Sunderland sacked Steve Bruce.