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Spurs boss Redknapp taking nothing for granted against Leeds

Harry Redknapp knows Tottenham will be up against it at Leeds for tonight's FA Cup fourth round replay, having experienced first hand just what a tough place Elland Road can be.

“Going to Elland Road can't be as intimidating as when they had Norman Hunter, Jack Charlton, Billy Bremner — that was one of the great football teams, right up there with the very best,” Redknapp said. “But it will be a tough game, they will be difficult opposition and played ever so well at White Hart Lane, even though we should have won the game.

“They are a team who can play way above their level, but we are doing well, with just two defeats in 12 games.”

Spurs conceded a penalty deep into stoppage time as Leeds battled to a earn another crack at the Premier League side.

Meanwhile, Leeds manager Simon Grayson wants one of his players to steal the attention away from star striker Jermaine Beckford in the replay.

Prolific Beckford burst on to the national stage after poaching the winner against Manchester United in the third round and hogged the headlines after his stoppage-time penalty equaliser at White Hart Lane.

The forward, who had withdrawn a transfer request before his heroics against Tottenham, fired his 23rd and 24th goals of the season on Saturday to help Leeds pick up their promotion bid with a 2-0 win against Colchester.

And a half-smiling Grayson suggested it was now time for someone else to step forward.

He has already decided what to tell the players ahead of the clash with Redknapp's Premier League superstars and he explained the message would be: “Give the best account of yourselves that you can, have no regrets when you come off the pitch and somebody try to be a hero again because Jermaine's got a lot of the headlines in the last couple of rounds.”

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