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Harry's notes

Posted on 27 March 2010  - 12:00

As part of our build-up to home games, we publish Harry Redknapp's exclusive column from our official matchday programme.

As part of our build-up to home games, we publish Harry Redknapp's exclusive column from our official matchday programme.

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It was a terrific night here at White Hart Lane on Wednesday evening, after a great comeback saw us overcome Fulham to book our place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

We were in a difficult situation at half time, but I was delighted with the response. We had to go for it in the second half but that did mean taking chances with the fitness of David Bentley, Tom Huddlestone, Wilson Palacios and Roman Pavlyuchenko.

They all wanted to play and that shows where we are at this club now.

We have a great day at Wembley to look forward to now but before then we have got some really important league games. We have got to try to keep that fourth spot. It is there for somebody to grab. We are playing well and there is a great spirit in the team so we have as good a chance as anybody. Results went our way in midweek but I certainly wouldn't write anybody off just yet.

We welcome Portsmouth to White Hart Lane today and I am looking forward to seeing some old friends like Avram Grant, Ian Woan and Paul Groves, who all worked with me during my time at Fratton Park.


I can't praise Avram enough for the job he has done at Portsmouth and the way he has kept it all ticking over under really difficult circumstances. In the last 18 months, the club has gone from owner to owner so there has been no stability, which is sad because it is a fantastic club with great supporters and traditions.

They may well have to go down to the Championship to rebuild but I am sure they will bounce back. They have done it before when Milan Mandaric first took over as chairman. They looked like were going out of business but came back strong and I am confident they can do the same this time.

The players will certainly keep fighting because I know many of them from my time there, as well as one or two who have joined Portsmouth from here. They all did a great job for me and I know the sort of lads they are. They will battle in every game.

Jamie O'Hara will obviously not be able to feature for Portsmouth today because he still belongs to us. He has gone to Portsmouth and had a great season. He will come back to White Hart Lane in the summer a better player for the experience.

I'd like to welcome two very special guests to the Lane today, Jean and Linda, daughters of the great Bill Nicholson. The Bill Nicholson Memorial Fund, which was established soon after Bill's passing, has been responsible for some terrific work in the local community, enabling individuals to become coaches and promoting grassroots football - causes close to Bill's heart and I'd like to thank both Jean and Linda for their ongoing support.

We are also celebrating a significant landmark at today's match for the Club's Foundation - in just four years the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has created and delivered one million life changing opportunities for people in our communities - a huge achievement. We can all be very proud of their work.

Enjoy the game.