Crouch - No Pompey sentiment
Peter Crouch insists there will be no sentiment shown towards Portsmouth in the FA Cup semi-final.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 26/03/10 12:23pm
Former Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch insists there will be no sentiment shown within the Tottenham camp when the two sides meet in the FA Cup semi-final.
Crouch is one of four former Pompey players in the Spurs set-up, which also includes two former Fratton Park coaches as well as manager Harry Redknapp, who won the cup with Portsmouth in 2007.
Now in charge at White Hart Lane, Redknapp has brought Crouch, Younes Kaboul, Niko Kranjcar and Jermain Defoe with him, taking advantage of his former club's financial difficulties.
With Spurs midfielder Jamie O'Hara currently on-loan at Fratton Park, although ineligible for the Wembley fixture along with Kaboul, there is a strong connection between the two clubs.
After enjoying two spells at Portsmouth, Crouch admits his disappointment at the club's downfall, but is adamant sentimental values will go out of the window come the semi-final.
"I feel for Portsmouth, obviously, with the plight they're in at the moment, but there's no sentiment," Crouch told the Telegraph.
"We want Tottenham to get to the final and give the fans here something to cheer about. There's quite a few players and staff here who came from Portsmouth, but that'll be a side issue."
With the Wembley date penned in for 11th April, Tottenham host a dress rehearsal this weekend as they welcome Avram Grant's side to White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Spurs currently occupy the in-demand fourth place in the Premier League and, after seeing Manchester City lose to Everton in midweek, will expect three points against Pompey to strengthen their case for finishing the job.
Crouch, who has also had two separate spells at Tottenham, concedes that the race for the final UEFA Champions League qualification spot is likely to go until the last day of the season, but admits it's in their own hands.
"Seeing that Manchester City lost is obviously a big boost for us. But it's still down to us," he said.
"We need to get the points on the board, starting with Portsmouth on Saturday. And then we've got some difficult games to play."
He added: "I still think it'll go right down to the wire."