Let's give the fans a performance they can be proud of

Last updated : 21 January 2009 By Tony Scholes
This morning Spurs boss Harry Redknapp confirmed that this competition, along with staying in the Premier League, are his priorities for this season and he won't be taking any chances just ninety minutes from Wembley.

But whilst Harry was completing the signing of Wilson Palacios from Wigan it was Kevin Bond, son of former Burnley boss John, who spoke ahead of the game. "We've given ourselves a fantastic opportunity," said Bond.

But if ever we needed a reminder of what could happen we only need look at the first half performance in the first leg where we could have come in more than 1-0 down. At half-time that night, if you were predicting a result, it certainly wouldn't have been a win, let alone a 4-1 win.

"It was a big turn around, a big change and a positive approach from the players. You can't ask for more than being 4-1 up but we've 90 minutes to play and if they get a goal in front then it will be all to play for so we have to do a professional job. It's terrific opportunity for us to make a cup final.

"I'm sure Burnley will concentrate on the first 45 minutes at White Hart Lane and they will think if they can get their noses in front again, we might become edgy. As everyone knows, anything can happen in football - we have to make sure it doesn't."

Burnley boss Owen Coyle is hoping for a Turf Moor similar to the night when we beat Arsenal, although he realises how big a task is facing the Clarets. "If truth be told we are written off by everybody," he said.

"Nobody would give you a glimmer of hope and you don't have to be Einstein to work that out. A Championship club facing a three goal deficit against a Premier League side, there is no doubt we're having to climb Everest and beyond, but I believe that if we play to our capabilities then we can win the match on the night and that is what we will look to do.

"I am looking to make it an exciting night and I don't want it to be lost on us that we are in the semi-final of a major cup competition. I want everyone to go out and enjoy the occasion with no negative thoughts at all.

"Let's go out and get the place rocking, enjoy the occasion and look to win a football match and whatever will be, will be. I have said before that when Turf Moor is full and the fans are vocal it creates an atmosphere that is second to none, and that is what we want on the night. We want to make sure that we have got the place rocking, but to do that the lads have got to perform.

"It won't be very often that Burnley Football Club gets to a semi-final, having beaten the teams we have beaten on the way. The fact that we are here we should say let's go and enjoy it.

"The fans have been terrific all season and long may that continue, so let's go and give the fans a performance that they can be proud of and whip up a terrific atmosphere here at Turf Moor."