Friday 23 March 2018

Cup semi weekend excites Redknapp

HARRY Redknapp is relishing an FA Cup semi-final showdown with Chelsea after Tottenham eventually saw off Bolton on an emotional night at White Hart Lane last night.

Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan was in inspired form and denied dominant Spurs repeatedly until Ryan Nelsen finally broke the deadlock with a 74th-minute header.

Gareth Bale added the second three minutes later to effectively settle a quarter-final tie that was re-arranged after Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest in the original fixture.

Louis Saha came off the bench to wrap up the victory for Spurs after Kevin Davies had scored a late consolation for Bolton.

The FA Cup semi-finals weekend at Wembley will see Tottenham face Chelsea and Liverpool tackle Everton.

"We couldn't have played any better," said Redknapp. "It was so one-sided. Their keeper was amazing. I have never seen a keeper make so many saves. We had an incredible amount of chances.

"I am looking forward to a great (semi-finals) weekend. They will be two great games, a London derby and a Merseyside derby. You wouldn't like to pick a winner."


The match was preceded by a minute of applause for Muamba, who has made "encouraging progress" since he collapsed but the 23-year-old remains in intensive care.

"We are not quite there yet but it has been a miracle to see the boy recover as he has," Redknapp said.

"Everybody's spirits couldn't be better, when he left here that night we all feared the worst. It was a horrendous night."

Bolton boss Owen Coyle believes Muamba's plight has had a positive impact on the whole of football.

"That strength of unity, that togetherness has been so positive and long may that continue. It shows football in such a good light."

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