Saturday 24 June 2017

Redknapp thrilled by show of strength

Tottenham 4 Peterborough 0

Frank Malley

Harry Redknapp set his sights on lifting the FA Cup trophy for the second time in three seasons after Tottenham eased into the fourth round with a one-sided victory against Peterborough.

The Tottenham boss lifted the cup at Wembley in 2008 with Portsmouth. And after playing his strongest possible side against Championship strugglers Peterborough, he vowed to do the same all the way to Wembley on May 15.

"I put a good team out to win the game," Redknapp said. "You don't want to take liberties and winning is a good habit. I didn't want to put a weak team out and turn in a sloppy performance and then regret it afterwards."

On being asked whether Tottenham could win the cup this year for the ninth time in their history, Redknapp commented: "We've got a chance the same as all the big boys.

"We have a good squad and there was no reason for me to mess about too much today. It would be nice to see someone outside the big four win the cup again. There's a long way to go but I like the way we are playing. We moved the ball well and played the ball around the pitch quickly."

Two goals from Nico Kranjcar and the inevitable strike from Jermain Defoe put Tottenham in control as they dominated a one-sided tie. Captain Robbie Keane completed the rout in injury-time when he slotted home from the penalty spot after substitute Danny Rose had been brought down by Chris Whelpdale.

It could have been worse but for some spectacular saves from Peterborough goalkeeper Joe Lewis, who is being tracked by Premier League clubs. Peterborough manager Mark Cooper said: "The goalkeeper kept us in it in the first half. He didn't deserve to concede four goals with his performance

"We thought Harry might rest a few but it wasn't to be. It was a fantastic performance from them. I was really impressed. They are a really good team. He (Redknapp) probably wants to keep the continuity going and rightly so and they were too good for us today.

"I said to the players, 'You are playing against some of the best in Europe today so go and enjoy it, test yourselves.' I can't fault the effort from the players. We just didn't defend. The goals were too soft."

Cooper also thought Peterborough deserved a penalty when substitute Shaun Batt was brought down by Michael Dawson before Tottenham were awarded theirs.

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