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Harry: Atkinson made 'huge mistake'

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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp hit out at referee Martin Atkinson after he gave a controversial goal that should never have stood in his side's 5-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea.

Chelsea were edging the contest at Wembley 1-0 thanks to Didier Drogba's first-half opener when Atkinson awarded the Blues a second through Juan Mata in the 48th minute. The Spaniard shot goalward through a crowded penalty box, but Benoit Assou-Ekotto cleared the ball with his feet while on the turf before the ball crossed the line.

"The second goal was a disaster," said a disconsolate Redknapp. "It was nowhere near a goal. It was a huge mistake. We looked too open after that and they picked us off. It was key. He's (Atkinson) made a big mistake. I don't see how he can give the goal. It's nowhere near over the line."

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Didier Drogba
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Juan Mata
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