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Harry: 'It's not over yet'

Posted on 20 February 2009  - 12:00

Manager Harry Redknapp acknowledges he is going to encounter selection dilemmas as we face the prospect of five fixtures in 12 days but remains determined to succeed on all fronts.

Harry: 'It's not over yet'

Manager Harry Redknapp acknowledges he is going to encounter selection dilemmas as we face the prospect of five fixtures in 12 days but remains determined to succeed on all fronts.

With a 2-0 deficit to overcome following last night's defeat in our UEFA Cup Round of 32 first leg against Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, the timing of the return leg presents problems for the Manager given the date falls less than 72 hours before our return to Wembley in the League Cup Final against Manchester United.

However, Harry is adamant that UEFA Cup progress is still on his radar even if he has to shuffle his pack in order to maximise our potential in all competitions.

"We certainly haven't given up on this tie," insisted Harry. "We want to win every fixture we are involved in.

"The biggest challenge we face now is striking a balance in the teams we field over the course of the next five games we play in 12 days starting on Monday against Hull City.

"We have got a cup final three days after the second leg against Shakhtar on Thursday. It is a crazy schedule.

"Darren Bent and Fraizer Campbell are the only first-team strikers eligible for the UEFA Cup but if Darren plays and gets injured then only Roman Pavlyuchenko will be available for Wembley because all our other strikers can't play.

"We want to have a go in the UEFA Cup but to do so we need to make full use of the players we have eligible.

"Dean Parrett came in last night and it was a terrific debut for him at 17 years of age. If other youngsters can come in and equip themselves as well as Parrett it will be a great experience for them.

"Throughout my managerial career I have always believed in playing youngsters if they are good enough and if I feel any of them are ready to step up I will give them that chance.

"Shakhtar are a seasoned Champions League team and we know we face a difficult task. To pull a two-goal deficit back is not going to be easy but we will give it our best shot.

"It could make for another great European night at White Hart Lane and with home advantage in front of our great support anything is still possible."

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