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No Surprises - Harry
NO SURPRISES - HARRY
Posted 19 February 2012 9:44pm
Harry Redknapp said Stevenage served up exactly the test he expected in Sunday’s FA Cup fifth round stalemate at the Lamex Stadium.
Chances were few and far between as the home side, in-form and flying high in League One, worked tirelessly to keep us at bay.
A dry, bumpy pitch and Stevenage’s strong, physical team all contributed to one of those ties where avoiding an upset is paramount.
We had a goal disallowed, Michael Dawson had a header cleared off the line and Gareth Bale forced the save of the match from ex-Spur, Chris Day.
We will now meet again at the Lane for the replay on the provisional date of Wednesday, March 7 - please note, subject to change - for the right to meet Bolton at home in the quarter-finals.
“It was as tough as I expected, nothing out there surprised me,” said Harry.
“I knew it would be difficult, Stevenage are a difficult team to play against, they’ve had a great season and they work their socks off.
“I’ve been around enough years, on the right end of upsets and on the wrong end of upsets, to know these games are so difficult.
“The pitch was bumpy and it was difficult to get the ball down and play.
“You have to compete, that’s the first thing you have to do and if you don’t, you are in trouble.
"We competed well without being able to play the football that we normally play.
“It wasn’t the day for that. We had to scrap away and in the end, we drew and we’ll have a replay.
“We’re still in the cup, we’re at home now and that gives us a big chance. But we won’t underestimate them, by any means.”
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