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Harry's programme notes

Posted on 6 January 2009  - 12:00

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

Harry's programme notes

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

HARRY'S NOTES v BURNLEY, CARLING CUP, JANUARY 6

I was particularly pleased with the result we achieved against an in-form Wigan Athletic side on Friday evening. It was a good performance from the team and saw to it that our name was in the hat for the fourth round of the FA Cup where we will now travel to Manchester United at the end of the month.

We looked comfortable at 2-0 but when it gets to 2-1 in any game there is always a bit of pressure but I was glad to see the players were able to see the job through to earn a deserved win.

We altered our system with Luka Modric moving from his customary position just behind the front man to a deeper central midfield role in a basic 4-4-2 formation with Didier Zokora alongside him to offer protection and cover the ground.

Luka demonstrated at West Brom when we went down to 10 men that he could do the job. He is so good on the ball and knows how to keep hold of possession so it certainly wasn't a problem for him to play in there.

It was strange to be playing an FA Cup fixture on a Friday night but by doing so it gave me the opportunity to see Burnley play at QPR the following day ahead of tonight's League Cup semi-final, first leg.

I would like to welcome Owen Coyle and his side to Whie Hart Lane. They have had a fantastic run in this competition, having seen off three Premier League clubs, beating both Fulham and Arsenal at Turf Moor and overcoming Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which I felt was the most impressive result of the lot and shows you exactly what they are capable of.

They are a well-organised side and Owen has got them playing some great football. It was always going to be difficult for him to come in after how well Steve Cotterill did there but he has done a terrific job.

We may only be one round away from a return to Wembley but be under no illusions, this is a difficult game we face tonight. They have proved themselves and have quality players. I remember taking Portsmouth to Turf Moor last year in the League Cup third round and we were lucky to scrape home 1-0 because they played really well.

Three teams are fighting it out for the two automatic promotion spots in the Championship and, despite suffering a couple of setbacks in the league over the festve period, I could certainly see Burnley competing in the play-offs come the end of the season.

It is important that we travel to Turf Moor ahead of the return leg with a positive result in hand so we have to make home advantage count here tonight. Your support has always been key to us so it vital that we get behind everyone wearing our colours this evening in the same superb fashion that you did at the same stage of the competition against Arsenal last year.

Enjoy the game.