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Leeds hunt another Cup shock at Tottenham

Last Updated: Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 17:41

London: Leeds United`s victory at Manchester United gave their fans a taste of the stage they feel their club should still be playing on, and Saturday`s FA Cup fourth round tie at Tottenham Hotspur offers a juicy second bite.

The fourth round draw was short on blockbuster ties but the clash between a club still climbing off the canvas after a spectacular fall from grace since reaching the Champions League semi-final in 2001, and one with a massive Cup pedigree, will guarantee an old-fashioned atmosphere at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, whose side lost 2-0 at Liverpool Wednesday, can never be accused of taking the Cup lightly and will have his sights set on a May afternoon at Wembley.

"Cup final day is the best day of the year for me," Redknapp, who won the competition with Portsmouth in 2008, told reporters.
"When I was growing up, everyone looked forward to watching the Cup final. For me, it will always have great importance and I know what it means."

With Jermaine Beckford`s goal having dispatched 11-times winners United and seven-times winners Liverpool humbled by Reading, two of English football`s big four have already bitten the dust.

Chelsea and Arsenal will not be taking anything for granted either, as they face testing away ties.
Arsenal, top of the Premier League after a 4-2 win over Bolton Wanderers Wednesday, are away at Stoke City on Sunday, while Chelsea travel to Championship (second division) Preston North End Saturday.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 17:41

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