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Redknapp hails Roman revival

Harry Redknapp hopes Roman Pavlyuchenko may have finally turned the corner after the Russian scored twice to fire Tottenham into the sixth round of the FA Cup.

The Russian followed up his brace off the bench against Wigan at the weekend with two more goals in a 4-0 win over Bolton to set up a clash with Fulham.

Redknapp has been critical of Pavlyuchenko's attitude in the past and the £13.8m striker was eager to leave White Hart Lane in the January transfer window.

But Pavlyuchenko has impressed after being handed two rare runs.

"He took his goals well, he is a quality finisher and he has proven that again tonight," Redknapp said.

"Last week he was excellent in training, he looked like he wanted to play. Nobody wants to see him do well more than me.

"He is a nice lad but is laid back and some days he needs a rocket. He's playing like he's had a rocket.

"He's in the team, his confidence should be high and it's up to him to play well, he is in form and I wouldn't see myself leaving him out of the team at the weekend."

Bolton manager Owen Coyle was furious after what he felt a foul on Sam Ricketts was missed in the build up to the opening goal and he did not believe that 4-0 was a true reflection of the match.

"Sam Ricketts had been clearly blocked and when the move broke down he was out of position and Tottenham scored," said Coyle.

"They scored two goals and we scored the other two for them.

"I'm disappointed because we created good opportunities.

"I wish Tottenham well but I didn't think that 4-0 was a fair reflection."


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