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Harry relishing Chelsea semi

Harry Redknapp is relishing the FA Cup semi-final tie with Chelsea after Tottenham eventually saw off Bolton on an emotional night at The Lane.

Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan was in inspired form and denied dominant Spurs repeatedly until Ryan Nelsen finally broke the deadlock with a 74th-minute header.

Gareth Bale added the second three minutes later to effectively settle a quarter-final tie that was rearranged after Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest in the original fixture.

Louis Saha came off the bench to wrap up the victory for Spurs after Kevin Davies had scored a late consolation for Bolton.

The FA Cup semi-finals weekend at Wembley will see Tottenham face Chelsea and Liverpool tackle Everton.

"We couldn't have played any better than we did tonight. It was so one-sided," Redknapp said.

"Their keeper was amazing tonight. I have never seen a keeper make so many saves.

"He made save after save, we hit the woodwork. We had an incredible amount of chances.

"I always felt the goal would come.

"I am looking forward to a great (semi-finals) weekend. They will be two great games, a London derby and a Merseyside derby.

"You wouldn't like to pick a winner. It is wide open."

The match was preceded by a minute of applause for Muamba, who has made "encouraging progress" since he collapsed but remains in intensive care.

"We are not quite there yet but it has been a miracle to see the boy recover as he has," Redknapp said.

"Everybody's spirits couldn't be better, when he left here that night we all feared the worst. We keep getting good reports every day and that is just great news.

"It was an horrendous night. Those of us that were here will never forget it. Please God he makes a recovery like we hope he will."

Bolton manager Owen Coyle believes Muamba's plight has had a positive impact on the whole of football.

"It is the best game in the world and the events of the last 10 days have brought that home to everybody," Coyle said.

"That strength of unity, that togetherness has been so positive and long may that continue.

"When we used to go to games and there was old-fashioned banter that was quite humorous, we have gone away from that. Sometimes people want to get abusive.

"But for the last 10 days at the games it has been incredible and I think that has been great. It shows football in such a good light.

"It is the game we play and the game we love and when the games start we have to make sure, from a Bolton Wanderers point of view, we get enough points to stay in the Premier League.

"Fabrice continues to get better. That is what we are all after.

"We have to make sure we do ourselves justice on the football front knowing a colleague, a team mate and a dear friend is getting better.

"We came wanting to progress to the semi-finals of the cup.

"The reason we are here was because we knew Fabrice was getting better. It was difficult getting ready for the game but in a football context the lads applied themselves well and they had to because Tottenham are a terrific side.

"Our goalkeeper was outstanding but they deserved to win the game."