Redknapp relieved to avoid embarrassment

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp watched his side scrape through to the Carling Cup final with a last-gasp aggregate win over Burnley and admitted: "It was almost the most embarrassing night of my career."

Roman Pavyluchenko and Jermain Defoe scored goals deep into extra time to break Burnley hearts and hand the holders a mouthwatering final date with Manchester United on March 1.

And after the game Redknapp admitted: "I keep saying that we need stronger players in here because we're not mentally or physically strong enough."

Owen Coyle's Coca-Cola Championship outfit won the match 3-0 in normal time with goals from the outstanding Robbie Blake, Chris McCann and substitute Jay Rodriguez. That made the tie 4-4 on aggregate following Tottenham's 4-1 first-leg win at White Hart Lane and ensured a period of extra-time.

Just when Coyle's men look set to progress to Wembley by virtue of having scored an away goal in the first leg, substitute Pavyluchenko slotted home in the 118th minute and Defoe netted soon after with a low drive.

"There is a big sense of relief because it looked game over with a few minutes to go. I was stood there thinking it could be the most embarrassing night of my football life," Redknapp added.

"Burnley played ever so well, they passed the ball well and played with so much enthusiasm, but they didn't have that many chances. It's a hard job I have on here, believe you me."

Jamie O'Hara, Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson all look set to miss Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Redknapp said: "Some key players have got injured and I will go there on Saturday with the weakest team I can possibly find on Saturday. Woodgate and Dawson can't play and O'Hara has done his groin.

"We're in a relegation battle and need to get a team together to play against Stoke next Tuesday. This is a football club which has been put together by I don't know who and I don't know how. There is a load of mish-mash players and it's scary."

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