Redknapp to get fringe players a run out

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Harry Redknapp admits he will make changes to his side for the tie against Peterborough United, but insists the FA Cup is still of importance to Tottenham Hotspur.

Alan Hutton, Gareth Bale and Giovani dos Santos are all expected to start and even Roman Pavlyuchenko could feature.

“It’s very important, it’s a big game and we want to keep winning,” Redknapp said.

“I’ll make a few changes and one or two of the lads that haven’t played recently will get a game because they have worked hard.

“Those that come in will be ready to play, I’m sure. Hopefully we can turn in another terrific performance. We’ve been in great form.”

“We had some real nightmares at West Ham,” he added. “I remember going to Hereford and scraping through when they were a non-league team.

“It was the year they famously beat Newcastle with that Ronnie Radford goal and that win really took the whole country by storm. We ended up winning 3-1 in a replay.

“We also lost to Mansfield. They were in the old Fourth Division and we went there for a fourth-round tie (in February 1969).

“We had Bobby Moore, Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, Trevor Brooking and Billy Bonds and we got beaten 3-0. It’s safe to say it’s a competition like no other!

“They are all tough games and Peterborough will be the same. There are no easy games in the FA Cup, that’s for sure.”


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