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Frustration for Harry

Posted on 23 January 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was left frustrated on two fronts after Leeds snatched a last-gasp penalty equaliser in Saturday's FA Cup tie at the Lane.

Frustration for Harry

Harry Redknapp was left frustrated on two fronts after Leeds snatched a last-gasp penalty equaliser in Saturday's FA Cup tie at the Lane.

The first was that the fourth round encounter wasn't all over by half-time after we'd created a host of chances only to be denied time and again by Leeds goalkeeper Casper Ankergren.

In the end, we only had Peter Crouch's opener to show for our dominance as Ankergren made save after save, including Jermain Defoe's ninth-minute penalty.

The manager's second frustration was that we failed to kill the tie off after Roman Pavlyuchenko fired us into a 2-1 lead in the 76th minute following Jermaine Beckford's equaliser.

In the end, Michael Dawson was penalised for a foul on Beckford in the fifth of six minutes of added time and the Leeds striker buried the spot kick for a late, late equaliser.

The 2-2 draw means we'll meet again at Elland Road on Wednesay, February 3, 7.45pm.

"We could have been three or four up early on, there were chances galore but we didn't take them," reflected Harry.

"Pav then came on, scored a great goal and I thought that would be it, but we didn't kill the game off as we should have done.

"We should have settled it with a minute to go, we should have just kept the ball but we were looking to score again.

"We only had to keep the ball and that would have been the end of the match.

"There should have been no way back for them. It is a lesson that we have to learn and make sure next time we are in that position that we kill the game and don't throw it away."

The late penalty decision could have gone either way as Michael connected with the ball and Beckford almost at the same time, but referee Alan Wiley deemed he'd got man before ball.

Harry had few complaints though. "The referee has made an honest decision," he added. "Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't and Michael took a chance, tried to win the ball, he got a foot on the ball but I wouldn't argue about it.

"He made a decision and you have to respect it but it shouldn't have got to that stage - if we'd kept the ball it wouldn't have come to that."