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Harry aware of Preston test

Harry Redknapp knows only too well the tough task we face at Preston in the Carling Cup on Wednesday.

Harry Redknapp knows only too well the tough task we face at Preston in the Carling Cup tonight.

The manager took a Portsmouth side to Deepdale two seasons ago en route to their FA Cup success that year.

And Alan Irvine's side almost made sure that run never happened, so Harry will be sending his Spurs side out on guard against the Championship outfit.

"It will be a difficult test," he said. "I remember going there a couple of years ago with Portsmouth and getting absolutely battered. David James saved a penalty and somehow we sneaked a goal in the last minute of the game for an undeserved win so we know it will be a tough, tough game at Preston.

"Alan has done a fantastic job there and they are a very good team. It is a difficult place to go.

"They are doing well in the league this year and Preston is a great club with great tradition. It is always a pleasure to go back there and see Tom Finney because he is a real legend."

As with in our victory over Doncaster Rovers in the last round, Harry admits he is likely rotate the squad when we travel to Lancashire.

"I have got a big squad and they all need games, so I will mix it up again like I did at Doncaster.

"That is not being disrespectful to to the opposition, it's just I have got people here that need to play. But whoever plays they will have to play really well to get the win because Preston are a good side."

Michael Dawson and Gareth Bale are set for their first appearances of the season after injuries. Heurelho Gomes will also make his return from a spell on the sidelines.