After finally breaking Bolton Wanderer’s resistance on Tuesday, Tottenham Hotspur have booked a decider with Chelsea, where at long last there will be a winner.
Harry Redknapp says he’s excited by the prospect of facing the Blues again, and it’s sure to be a close affair after the 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane followed by a stalemate at Stamford Bridge this season.
The Merseyside derby will be a feisty game but the winners of the all-London semi-final will deservedly return to Wembley as the favourites – and that’s where Tottenham’s advantage lies.
When Spurs faced Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Redknapp was content to take a point and wisely flooded the midfield on what is narrow pitch, while at Tottenham’s home ground, his side enjoyed more of the play when using the flanks.
If Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon are in form and have the freedom that a pitch the size of Wembley – against an ageing side – can provide, Spurs will have the advantage provided they can finally find the net.
Tottenham have a great chance of inscribing their name on the FA Cup this season.
What was most impressive about Adam Bodgan’s one-man resistance for Bolton against Tottenham wasn’t so much the 16 shots he managed to save but the strength of character he showed to be there in the first place.
Bogdan doesn’t look like a goalkeeper at first glance and that impression was reinforced when he had what can only be described as a “torrid” game against Chelsea conceding two goals in a 5-1 defeat by the Blues in October.
Worse was to come. Whatever else Bogdan achieves in the game, he will not be forgotten as the goalkeeper who conceded against Everton with Tim Howard quite remarkably the goal scorer.
That sort of experience can break a goalkeeper, especially a young one – just look at Massimo Taibi and Peter Enckelman.
But credit to Bogdan, he has seemingly not let those experiences affect him and has emerged as one of the main reasons why Owen Coyle’s side might stay up.
It is not like he doesn’t have competition for the shirt – Jussi Jaaskelainen has been one of the most consistent keepers in the Premier League but Bogdan’s performance at White Hart Lane highlights why Coyle has faith in him.
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