Harry impressed with Palacios grit

BY foxsports • March 25, 2010

Redknapp believes the Honduras midfielder pushing through the pain barrier proves his squad's commitment to challenging for silverware and a Champions League place, as does Tom Huddlestone and Roman Pavlyuchenko coming off the bench despite being rated doubtful to play. "Wilson is as tough as old boots," Redknapp said. "He tore a groin in training the day before the game, the scan showed a tear and the medical people said there was no way he could play. "He came on the pitch at 3pm before the game, kicked a few balls and said he was okay. It was amazing really. "That is a good sign at this club. Everyone wants to play rather than sit on the treatment table. If they have a chance they will." Palacios' determination to play can be explained by how highly the cup ranks in his priorities. "Back in Honduras the FA Cup is always televised and we follow it a lot, it has a big impact on people there," said the 25-year-old. "When you are young you dream of playing in big finals and I was no different. "Wembley Stadium is one of the world's most historic grounds and for someone from Honduras to play there would be a real honour." Palacios ended up playing right-back for most of the second half against Fulham due to Spurs' injury crisis. Redknapp is monitoring ankle problems to Sebastien Bassong and Vedran Corluka ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash against Portsmouth, who they will also face in the FA Cup semi-final on April 11. Jonathan Woodgate will miss the rest of the season but the good news is Ledley King's progress, with the centre-back ruled out for the weekend but getting closer to a return. "We're desperately short on defenders, that is our problem," said Redknapp. Spurs striker Peter Crouch insists there will be no room for sentiment when the club's ex-Portsmouth players face their old club. Redknapp has taken Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Niko Kranjcar with him to White Hart Lane since leaving Fratton Park, while Younes Kaboul is likely to be at Wembley but is cup-tied. Selling their best players has been part of Pompey's financial meltdown and their chance of silverware has been a sub-plot in a season where they appear doomed to relegation. "I feel for Portsmouth, as it's a great club and I loved my time there, but there is no sentiment," said Crouch. "We want to get to the final and give the fans here something to cheer about." Crouch has won the trophy with Liverpool in 2006, but added: "Winning it with Tottenham would probably be a bigger achievement. "I also joined Portsmouth just after they won the FA Cup in 2008 and the whole place was buzzing. But they've had their turn and hopefully it's ours now. "I said at the start of the season that I wanted to join a club that were going places and I really believe Tottenham are. So far, I've been proved right. "We'll all look forward to a great occasion at Wembley but we need to do a job and make sure we get to the final."


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