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Step at a time for Andros

Posted on 9 May 2012  - 11:01

Andros Townsend is a step away from one of the biggest games in football - but admits he's not even thinking of Wembley.

Step at a time for Andros

For a start, if selected, the winger has to help his loan team Birmingham City overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-final against Blackpool when they meet again for the second leg at St Andrews tonight.

The winners will face West Ham in the final at Wembley - often dubbed the 'richest game in football' due to the rewards for making it into the Premier League - on Saturday, May 19.

Andros was an unused substitute in the first leg having featured in 15 matches, starting 11, after joining the Blues in February.

"It was a tough away leg and I think generally, we're happy with the 1-0 scoreline," said Andros.

"We now bring it back to St Andrews, the crowd will be up for us and hopefully we'll get the win we need.

"I don't think anyone is thinking about the final or potentially playing at Wembley. Everyone's focus is just on trying to beat Blackpool, no-one is thinking beyond that.

"Blackpool is a huge game in itself and if we get through that, then we'll start thinking about the final."

It's been another progressive season for the 20-year-old, with seven appearances for Spurs, including four starts and a goal in the Europa League in the first half of the season followed by 22 appearances in loan spells at Leeds and Birmingham.

"I've enjoyed my time at Birmingham," he added. "I've had a number of loan spells but the play-offs is a new experience for me.

"I just hope I can play my part - but as I said, I'm not thinking beyond Blackpool."