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Redknapp looking forward to semi-final
Published : 28 Mar 2012 06:47:01
Harry Redknapp is relishing an FA Cup semi-final showdown with Chelsea after Tottenham eventually saw off Bolton 3-1 on an emotional night at White Hart Lane.
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 rearranged 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 Spurs boss said: "We couldn't have played any better than we did. It was so one-sided."
He added: "Their keeper was amazing. I have never seen a keeper make so many saves.
"He made save after save, we hit the woodwork. We had an incredible amount of chances. I always felt the goal would come."
The FA Cup semi-finals weekend at Wembley will see Tottenham face Chelsea and Liverpool tackle Everton.
Redknapp added: "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. It is wide open."
Bolton manager Owen Coyle believes Muamba's plight has had a positive impact on the whole of football.
"It is the best game in the world and the events of the last 10 days have brought that home to everybody," Coyle said. "That strength of unity, that togetherness has been so positive and long may that continue.
"When we used to go to games and there was old-fashioned banter that was quite humorous, we have gone away from that. Sometimes people want to get abusive. But for the last 10 days at the games it has been incredible and I think that has been great. It shows football in such a good light."