Skip to main content

News

  • Harrys programme notes(2)
Subscribe to newsfeed 

Harry's programme notes

Posted on 26 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.

Not at the Lane?

You can purchase our home programmes online - CLICK HERE...

Also in the programme - Luka Modric, Wilson Palacios, Numbers Game - 15 and 16 and all the latest news from the first team, Academy, Ticket Office and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

HARRY'S NOTES v FULHAM, JANUARY 26, 2010

It was a real FA Cup clash in every sense of the word against Leeds United on Saturday - a typical cut and thrust game.

We had some great opportunities early on, there were chances galore, but we didn't take them. It could have been game over by half time. There have been a few games lately where we have dominated teams and not scored.

At 1-0 it was still game on, they are a good side and certainly way above the league they are currently playing in. Leeds got the equaliser, however at 2-1 I really felt that would be it, but we didn't close the game out and the referee made a bold decision by giving them a penalty in the last minute of injury time.

To be fair, we shouldn't have got ourselves in that position where we needed to worry about a penalty. We should have just kept the ball and not given them another opportunity to score. It is a lesson that we have to learn so next time we find ourselves in that position we kill the game off, the ref blows his whistle and we can walk off the pitch with the win.

We could have done without taking this game to a replay, seeing as we are in the midst of a lot of games piled into a short period but that's how it goes. We have to go there now and get a result.

You do not get an easy match at Elland Road that's for sure, particularly with that crowd behind them. They will be strong at home and it will be a great atmosphere but we still have a strong chance of progressing to the fifth round, where Bolton Wanderers await the winners. The FA Cup is a great competition to win and we will try our best to do that.

We have got a few important league games before then though starting with a big match here this evening as we welcome Roy Hodgson and his Fulham side to White Hart Lane.

Roy has done a wonderful job at Fulham, having built a good team that has gone from fighting relegation two years ago to a team now competing in the Europa League.

He is a top-class man and a smashing fellow with a great knowledge of the game who has managed at the top level.

We know from our visit to Craven Cottage last month that they will be a well-organised side with a bit of flair too. They have good players who know what they are doing.

They are a difficult team to beat but there is no doubt we have the players here that are capable of helping us pick up the three points and keep us pushing for that top four spot.

Enjoy the match.