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Cottage sigh for Harry

Posted on 30 January 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp summed up our FA Cup exit at Fulham by declaring: "Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong."

Cottage sigh for Harry

Harry Redknapp summed up our FA Cup exit at Fulham by declaring: "Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong."

It ended 4-0 in the fourth round encounter at Craven Cottage with all four goals in a disastrous first half.

The damage was done between the 11th and 23rd minutes with two penalties conceded and converted by Danny Murphy, Michael Dawson receiving a red card for the second challenge and then Brede Hangeland grabbing the third goal.

Ten men and 3-0 down left us with an almost impossible task and when Mousa Dembele made it 4-0 in added time, it was all over.

"We gave away two horrendous goals and had Michael Dawson sent off," said Harry.

"Two penalties and a sending off. How do you come back from that? You can't keep coming back from those situations.

"At 2-0 down it was difficult. We didn't even have a team who could go to two banks of four (a 4-4-1 system) and just block it up.

"We had van der Vaart, who wanders everywhere, Lennon, Modric and Pienaar. It was open.

"I had to take off the one defensive-minded midfielder I had (Sandro) to try and get something out of it, try to get a goal back, but it was difficult.

"I can't remember too many bad halves since we arrived here two and a half years ago.

"The first half in Milan with 10 men (Champions League v Inter) but other than that we don't really get bashed up anywhere really. We are a good side. We just got off to a terrible start on this occasion."