Rafa relieved to progress

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Rafael van der Vaart was relieved to see Tottenham progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup after a somewhat turgid display against Watford on Friday night.

The Dutch forward scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road to book a tie against Stevenage in round five of this year's competition.

It was, however, a far from convincing display from Spurs, with an element of luck attached to their goal at Watford having the better of the chances on the night.

But Harry Redknapp's side came away with the victory and, says van der Vaart, that is all that matters.

"It was a bad game from us," he told the official Tottenham website.

"It was a difficult night but we all know the main thing about the FA Cup is to get through and that's what we did.

"Watford played well, we didn't keep the ball as we usually do and then you can see why it was difficult.

"These cup games are always hard but we won and that's the most important thing."

Tottenham will travel to Broadhall Way in the next round of the FA Cup, with the fixture scheduled to be played over the weekend of February 18.

Stevenage earned their tie against Barclays Premier League opposition with a 1-0 win over Notts County in the fourth round.

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