Defoe could have had six - Harry

04 February 2010 06:47
Defoe's third treble of the season clinched the visitors a 3-1 win at Elland Road and a date at Bolton in the fifth round on the weekend of February 13-14.[LNB]It also kept Spurs on course for their first FA Cup final since 1991.[LNB]Defoe gave Tottenham a 37th-minute lead with a mis-hit shot that looped over Leeds goalkeeper Casper Ankergren and, although Luciano Becchio hauled the home side level in first-half stoppage time, Defoe struck twice more in the second period.[LNB]His decisive second, when he swept home David Bentley's cross, came in the 73rd minute and he coolly slotted home a third - his 23rd of the campaign - after rounding Ankergren in time added on.[LNB]Redknapp, who tasted FA Cup glory with Portsmouth in 2008, said: "It was nice to see him get his hat-trick. He could have scored six tonight in fairness. He had some great opportunities.[LNB]"He took three great finishes and missed three that were maybe easier, but he was always in the right place, he was always a threat. He's a goalscorer."[LNB]Redknapp, told earlier in the day his own horse, Arry's Orse, had won at Lingfield Park, had tipped Defoe to become a top-class goalscorer when he first saw him play.[LNB]The former West Ham and Pompey manager added: "He's always scored goals. I signed him as a 15-year-old and every Saturday I used to watch him in the youth team and he used to get hat-tricks, or score every week anyway. He's done it since he was a little boy."[LNB]Redknapp felt Leeds' equaliser was clearly offside and dealt a big blow to his players, coming just before the interval.[LNB]He said: "We had to pick ourselves up again for the second half, but when we kept the ball and passed the ball I thought we played well.[LNB]"Now we have another tough game at Bolton. It's not an easy place to go, but we're playing very well. We've had one defeat in 13 games."[LNB]Redknapp, who had joked after the 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane that a trip north to face Leeds was just what he had wanted, was full of praise for the Yorkshiremen, who had pushed his side all the way after their famous third-round upset at Manchester United.[LNB]"These are difficult games," Redknapp added. "I've won and lost these games when you're fancied to win.[LNB]"We came to Elland Road - probably the first time for some of my players. The atmosphere the fans created was just incredible.[LNB]"This is a massive football club. It's really a Premier League club and it needs to get back where it belongs.[LNB]"Leeds are a good side and they'll certainly go up this year and I can see them being back in the Premier League in the next few years."[LNB]Leeds boss Simon Grayson did not carry the look of a crestfallen manager and was clearly proud of his players' performance.[LNB]He said: "We were very good again. We passed the ball around well and competed ever so well against a top team in the Premier League.[LNB]"That's all we said to the players - give a good account of yourself and do yourselves justice.[LNB]"Nobody expected us to win apart from maybe 33,000 inside the ground and the players, but we like to think we've come out of it with a lot of credit."[LNB][LNB] FA Cup 09/10 Win Outright: Tottenham 11/2  

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