Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp hailed David James as a "perfectionist" after his goalkeeping heroics helped to clinch an FA Cup quarter-final spot at the expense of Coca-Cola Championship strugglers Preston.

North End lie fourth bottom in the Championship but they belied their lowly status with a vibrant display and the award of a 60th-minute spot-kick put them on course for a notable upset, but James flung his 6ft 5in frame to his right to deny Preston winger Simon Whaley from 12 yards and then produced two fine saves from Chris Brown and substitute Neil Mellor.

Redknapp said: "David James is different class and the lad taking the penalty must have stepped up and realised how imposing he is. If anyone can make a save it´s going to be him because he´s that good. He´s such a perfectionist and will be around for a long time yet."

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