HARRY REDKNAPP has admitted "one or two" of the team who faced Tottenham in the 5-1 December drubbing will never play for Saints again.

The Saints boss stressed his new-look team is well capable of picking up three crucial points when the two teams meet at St Mary's tomorrow.

But Redknapp said he didn't sleep for a week following the dreadful White Hart Lane encounter which came just ten days after he was appointed as Saints manager.

"The team was useless and they got smashed," he said.

"There's nothing clever I can tell you. The team I had to pick and play, a couple of them have never played since and one or two will never play again. We were a poor team."

Asked whether it was the worst performance since he took over as Saints boss, Redkapp said: "Oh yeah for sure, other than that we have been okay, always had a go.

"They murdered us but we were all over the place. I looked at that and I didn't sleep for a week after that game looking at the players I had."

Darren Kenton and Jason Dodd have not played since starting that game while substitute Yoann Folly has also not featured.

Mikael Nilsson, Anders Svensson, Danny Higginbotham and Paul Telfer all started against Tottenham and stayed in the team, although have struggled to make the starting line-up recently.

Kenton yesterday joined Leicester on loan, while Folly has had a spell at Nottingham Forest.

Dodd is currently stranded on 399 career league appearances.

But with Calum Davenport, Jamie Redknapp, Nigel Quashie, Olivier Bernard and Henri Camara all arriving during the January transfer-window, manager Redknapp has real confidence in the in-form current team.

He said: "We've got better players now and that's why we have done better.

"Le Saux has come back, there's Quashie, Bernard is a good player, Camara has come in. It's a better looking team.

"You've got to believe you can pull off a result whoever you play at home and we've got games away we can win.

"We have played well lately - we beat Liverpool, we should have beat Everton who are a top team, we gave Arsenal a terrific game. We have got to be confident we can get a result.

"I've been happy with the way we have been playing, we have had one defeat in eight games and we've been in good form.

"We should really have had a few more wins out of them eight games."