Redknapp revels in striker dilemma

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Harry Redknapp admitted Peter Crouch had given him a selection headache after the striker's clinical hat-trick eased Tottenham into the last 16 of the Carling Cup with a 5-1 victory at Preston.

The 6ft 7in England striker opened the scoring in the 14th minute when he dispatched Gareth Bale's deep cross with a fine volley and then added two more late on to seal an emphatic victory. Jermain Defoe and substitute Robbie Keane were also on target and, with Roman Pavlyuchenko waiting in the wings, there is no denying the embarrassment of striking riches at Redknapp's disposal.

"It was a good hat-trick from Crouchie and good to see Robbie and Jermain get one each as well," said Redknapp.

"Pavlyuchenko was injured, otherwise he might have scored and made it even harder for me. It's a nice problem to have.

"It was good to get (central defender) Michael Dawson back playing again.

"He's been out for a long time with his Achilles injury and a few weeks back we wondered when he was ever going to play."

Redknapp has transformed Spurs since his appointment at White Hart Lane last October.

"Nobody wants to lose and I thought we might well have lost this one last season," he said.

"Everyone wants to go to Wembley and you could see that with Liverpool putting in Jamie Carragher and Javier Mascherano against Leeds last night.

"We've moved on a lot in the last year and I thought we looked sharp and that every time we went forward we could open them up."

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Tottenham Hotspur
Robbie Keane
Roman Pavlyuchenko
Michael Dawson
League Cup
Premier League
Peter Crouch
Preston North End
Jermain Defoe
Jamie Carragher
Gareth Bale
Leeds United

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