Cherries: Harry backs Howe for a giant killing

Bournemouth Echo: FORMER CHERRIES BOSS: Harry Redknapp managed Cherries to their greatest FA Cup moment against Manchester United in 1984 FORMER CHERRIES BOSS: Harry Redknapp managed Cherries to their greatest FA Cup moment against Manchester United in 1984

HARRY Redknapp is keen to see Eddie Howe’s class of 2013 seize a golden opportunity to write a new chapter in the Dean Court record books.

Howe’s men tonight host Premier League Wigan in an FA Cup third round replay bidding to claim only the club’s fourth top-flight scalp in the competition.

Redknapp was the last Cherries manager to achieve the feat when he masterminded a 2-0 win over Manchester United in 1984 – which remains one of the biggest shocks in cup history.

Cherries also lowered the colours of both Wolves and Spurs during the club’s best FA Cup run in 1957 before Manchester United eventually knocked them out in the sixth round.

Redknapp, who recently took the reins at QPR following a brief spell at Dean Court advising former boss Paul Groves, lifted the FA Cup in 2008 when he was in charge of Portsmouth – with Cherries goalkeeper David James featuring in Pompey’s win over Cardiff in the final at Wembley.

Cherries earned a second crack at Wigan after drawing 1-1 at the DW Stadium 10 days ago when an equaliser from Jordi Gomez cancelled out Eunan O’Kane’s stunning first-half opener.

Redknapp, previewing the tie in an exclusive interview with the Daily Echo, said: “Bournemouth have got a big chance because they are playing so well at the moment. It wasn’t a massive shock when they went to Wigan and drew.

“They are in great form and you knew Wigan would mess around with their team.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bournemouth turn them over in the replay.

“A lot depends on what Roberto Martinez does with his team and that will be key.

“Wigan are a decent team and played well at Fulham on Saturday to get a good point.

“If he plays his best team, it will be difficult for Bournemouth because they pass the ball ever so well. But if he decides to make wholesale changes, I think Bournemouth will beat them.”

Cherries and the Latics will do battle for £67,500 in prize money and a trip to Conference outfit Macclesfield in the fourth round. Should the score be level after 90 minutes, the tie would be decided during extra-time or then penalties.

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7:58am Tue 15 Jan 13

longtimefanlongwayaway says...

"Should the score be level after 90 minutes, the tie would be decided during extra-time or then penalties."

Pens!! Now, where did I leave my rabbits foot?

Nah, won't come to that!
"Should the score be level after 90 minutes, the tie would be decided during extra-time or then penalties." Pens!! Now, where did I leave my rabbits foot? Nah, won't come to that! longtimefanlongwayaway

8:01am Tue 15 Jan 13

Wilkie says...

Given the war attrition on Saturday and the fact it will be a heavy pitch again tonight, I wouldn't fancy our weary legs if it goes to extra time.
Given the war attrition on Saturday and the fact it will be a heavy pitch again tonight, I wouldn't fancy our weary legs if it goes to extra time. Wilkie

8:05am Tue 15 Jan 13

nonnogeppetto says...

My word!! It must have snowed heavily near the M4 last night!!! a post (first at that) from a Bournemouth supporter on here!!!

Harry thanks for your suggestion that we can beat Wigan I hope that by 10pm (later if it goes into extra time) we will be celebrating after all there is all that booze left over (in my house anyway!)from Christmas!!!
My word!! It must have snowed heavily near the M4 last night!!! a post (first at that) from a Bournemouth supporter on here!!! Harry thanks for your suggestion that we can beat Wigan I hope that by 10pm (later if it goes into extra time) we will be celebrating after all there is all that booze left over (in my house anyway!)from Christmas!!! nonnogeppetto

8:15am Tue 15 Jan 13

AFCBade says...

Any view on the condition of the pitch today?
Any view on the condition of the pitch today? AFCBade

8:53am Tue 15 Jan 13

Local fan says...

I expect that the pitch will be ok as its a reasonable weather forecast and quite bright already. So tonight's the night...its going to be a toughie but, with a huge and supportive crowd to enjoy it, its a case of ... Back of the Net Boscombe ... UTCIAD!!
I expect that the pitch will be ok as its a reasonable weather forecast and quite bright already. So tonight's the night...its going to be a toughie but, with a huge and supportive crowd to enjoy it, its a case of ... Back of the Net Boscombe ... UTCIAD!! Local fan

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