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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Harry so relieved after escape from Turf Moor

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp admitted he was fearing the worst when his side looked on the edge of utter disaster in their Carling Cup semi-final with Burnley. But even after it required two late, late goals in extra-time after the surrender of a three-goal lead, he insisted his team do deserve their place at Wembley. "I thought we were dead and buried," he told Sky Sports. "You're thinking 'what do we do?'. But we showed character and we came back. I was disappointed (with the performance), of course.

"Burnley were terrific, they showed great character, but we've had some great performances (in the Carling Cup), beating Liverpool, and we deserve to be there."

Redknapp has been busy in the transfer market as he attempts to lead Spurs away from the Premier League relegation zone.

Having wrapped up the signing of Wilson Palacios, subject to a work permit, but Redknapp dismissed reports a bid has been made for Chelsea keeper Carlo Cudicini.

"I don't know anything about Cudicini," he added.

Redknapp feels Palacios will give Spurs an edge they have been missing - and warned some of his players their White Hart Lane futures are in doubt.

With one final in the bag, Redknapp also revealed he will rest his star names for Tottenham's FA Cup fourth-round trip to Manchester United on Saturday.

"I'm really going to send a real mismatched side up there," he said. "We've played extra-time tonight and we're out on our feet. I can't afford any more injuries."

Burnley hero Robbie Blake admitted to a feeling of "devastation" .

Man-of-the-match Blake told Sky Sports 1: "We worked so hard to get in the game and we deserved to be 3-0 ahead. But they're class players and they punished tired legs at the end.

"It's hard to take being so close."

Burnley boss Owen Coyle urged his players to be proud of their efforts: "It's gut-wrenching," he told Sky Sports. "No-one gave us a chance beforehand but we believed we could score the first goal and make it a game to remember and we did that.

"All credit to the players, they were magnificent and they should be walking out very proud of the performance they gave.

"It's not always the better side that wins. I'm disappointed for them but we've got a big season in the Championship so we have to dust ourselves down and come back stronger."

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