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In it to win it

Posted on 4 December 2008  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp has set his sights on another Wembley triumph after overcoming a tricky test at Watford to book a place in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup.

In it to win it

Harry Redknapp has set his sights on another Wembley triumph after overcoming a tricky test at Watford to book a place in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup.

The Hornets pushed us all the way as we continued the defence of our trophy at Vicarage Road on Wednesday night.

They took the lead via Tamas Priskin in the 13th minute but our dominance after that goal was finally rewarded by Roman Pavlyuchenko's penalty in first half injury time. Darren Bent struck the winner in the 76th minute.

Manchester United beat Blackburn to complete the semi-final line-up alongside ourselves, Derby County and Burnley. The draw is on Saturday.

"Once you get this close it's important to give it a go and try to go all the way," said Harry, who won the FA Cup with Portsmouth last season.

"We have two priorities. The first is the league and we still need league points. We can't take our eyes off that.

"The second priority is the Carling Cup because we have a genuine chance. We want to have a go in the competition and try to win it."

Asked if he wanted to avoid United in the semi-finals, Harry added: "Whatever draw comes out the hat, we'll get on with it. Let's just see what happens."

Captain on the night Jonathan Woodgate praised the lads for recovering from that early goal.

"Watford caused us problems, we knew it would be hard, the pitch was hard to play on, they were in our faces, but credit to the lads for coming back from a goal down and getting the victory in the end." he said.

Matchwinner Darren Bent added: "The team played well, we created chances and it's a good result.

"It is massive for us. A lot of people talk about the Carling Cup but it's another bit of silverware for us and if we can go as far as we can in the competition and even win it as we did last season then it would be fantastic."