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Harry's programme notes

Posted on 23 January 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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Also in the programme - Jonathan Woodgate; A to Z with Niko Kranjcar; Pat Jennings and Joe Jordan on Spurs v Leeds, 1975; All the latest Academy, Ticket and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation news.

HARRY'S PROGRAMME NOTES v LEEDS, JANUARY 16, 2010

We would have loved to have made up some ground on our rivals at the weekend against Hull City.

Unfortunately, their goalkeeper pulled off some unbelievable saves to deny us that opportunity but I could not fault our effort or quality on the day because you can rarely do more than make six fantastic chances in one game.

It was just one of those days and I am sure Aston Villa, Liverpool and Manchester City were probably thinking the same as us after they dropped points at the weekend too, but that is how it goes.

The goalless draw was a sixth straight clean sheet for us, which equals a club record. When you look at the balance of our team it is amazing that we have had so many clean sheets because we are such an open looking side.

Everyone has worked hard and defended well for the team,. The goalkeeper and whoever has come in and played at the back have done their jobs.

We went to Anfield in good form on Wednesday night but came away disappointed. We had an opportunity and we failed to take it.

We have made massive strides when you consider we were battling relegation this time last year but we still have a long way to go in order to be where we want to be.

It remains really open at the top of the table - it is still all to play for. We have to pick ourselves up because we have a lot of big games coming up now.

This evening we welcome Leeds United to White Hart Lane for this fourth round FA Cup encounter.

Leeds are a massive club. You look back at their history and where they were in the years of Don Revie - I think they were one of the best teams I have ever seen or played against and under Simon Grayson's management they are now having a resurgence.

They achieved a fantastic result at Old Trafford in the last round. I watched the game and they deserved their win. Their work-rate and the way they played, they looked more like a Premier League side that day. They really were excellent and we know we will face a real test and have to be at our best if we are going to progress. They will believe that they can go and win anywhere now.

Leeds might be in League One at the moment but we all know they are not a League One club. They are a club who could easily be back in the Premier League within the next few years.

With Man United and Liverpool already out, the FA Cup is open just like it was a few years ago when I won it with Portsmouth. I remember going to Old Trafford in the quarter-finals and winning and then Chelsea got knocked out later that same day by Barnsley. That is what the cup is all about - upsets.

It gives you a better chance with two of the big guns already out this year and everybody is going to be thinking that there is a real opportunity for somebody here.

It is a tough competition to succeed in but a fantastic one with great tradition that we want to win. It won't stop me making a couple of changes, though. There are one or two of the younger players who have worked hard and I feel really deserve their chance to play and I will give them that opportunity today.

I would like to close my notes this evening by offering my condolences to Ron Henry following the loss of his wife Edna last week. Ron was a great left back for this club during the 1950s and 1960s, including being part of that terrific Double-winning side. Everyone is thinking of him and his family at this sad time.