Redknapp eyes big-four scalp

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists the time has come for his team to start winning on their travels against the big-four teams, starting with Manchester United in the Carling Cup quarter-final tonight.

Redknapp was encouraged by the manner of his team’s performance at Aston Villa on Saturday – showing the progress being made at Spurs – but they still struggle to get victories at the country’s toughest grounds.

After showing themselves to be contenders for a Champions League place, winning at places like Old Trafford would be seen as the next step.

“This time last year, you wouldn’t even have considered us breaking in there, we were at the bottom of the league,” he said. “But you look at the way we played during the second half on Saturday and to dominate a team like Villa as we did second-half.

“Normally, you see a Man United dominate someone like that or a Liverpool.

“I think we are getting to the stage where we it is possible for us to go away (to top-four clubs), we can play at these places and feel we’ve got a chance of winning.”

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