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A chance to impress

Posted on 25 August 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp has hinted that players yet to feature so far this season could be given the chance to impress at Doncaster in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night.

A chance to impress

Harry Redknapp has hinted that players yet to feature so far this season could be given the chance to impress at Doncaster in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night.

The manager has made few changes to his unbeaten side in the opening three games of the Premier League season - all played within the space of a week.

Now, with an international break looming large after two more games in the coming days, Harry may look to rotate the squad against the Championship side at the Keepmoat Stadium.

This could mean a full Spurs debut for summer signing Peter Crouch and a first start of the season for Roman Pavlyuchenko among other potential changes.

Harry feels such players define the strength in depth he has at his disposal during this busy stage of the season, as we get ready to embark on another Carling Cup campaign having reached the final of the competition two years running.

"We want to win but I will make changes tomorrow because we have a strong squad and there are players who haven't played yet this season," said Harry in today's press conference at Spurs Lodge.

"To be fair to the lads who have been playing, we had a really tough schedule in pre-season but have come out of it well with the start we have made to the campaign.

"After three games in the space of a week, some players need a rest with another big game against Birmingham coming up on Saturday.

"Then after that there will be an international break in which many of the lads will play two games in the space of a week for their countries.

"So I have some really good players who haven't had a chance yet this season, and tomorrow night will be their chance. These players need to play, such as Crouch and Pavlyuchenko.

"But it will be a team I expect to go out and play well against Doncaster, who are themselves a good team that Sean O'Driscoll has done very well with."

O'Driscoll will be Harry's opposite number on Wednesday night, around 25 years after our manager signed him as a player while in charge at Bournemouth!

"He played in my midfield with Tony Pulis, who is, as we all know, now manager at Stoke. They did a great job for us when we won promotion," Harry added.

"Now Sean has a good footballing side at Doncaster, not necessarily a physical team, but they move the ball around well.

"But we've got good players and I'm looking forward to going there, hopefully winning the game and progressing to the next round."

Footage of Harry's press conference ahead of our trip to Doncaster is now available on Spurs TV Online.

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