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“There’s lit­tle things like that. For the lower-league teams, the lads gen­er­ally have a lot of pride in the cups.”

Michel Vorm will keep his place in goal for Spurs – de­spite his FA Cup blun­der.

The Dutch­man’s er­ror saw Le­ices­ter pull off a shock 2-1 fourth-round win af­ter Vorm al­lowed Jeff Schlupp’s shot to go through him.

But Spurs boss Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino has backed Vorm and in­sists he will stick with his de­ci­sion to play him in the cups ahead of Hugo Lloris.

Po­chet­tino said: “This is football. He made two big saves against Le­ices­ter.

“His at­ti­tude is fan­tas­tic and noth­ing has changed.

“In one ac­tion he con­ceded a goal. He made a mis­take – ev­ery player can make a mis­take.

“We must give him sup­port and con­fi­dence.

“I think it should be nor­mal to play Michel. All games are im­por­tant.”

Spurs hold a one-goal ad­van­tage head­ing to Bra­mall Lane.

But Po­chet­tino in­sists his side can han­dle the pres­sure as they aim to reach the fi­nal in March.

“I think the pres­sure is the same as it was in the home game,” said the Ar­gen­tinian.

“We want to get to the fi­nal, but we need to be care­ful, we need to play freely, we need to score.

“We need to be 100 per cent fo­cused. Our fans ex­pect us to ar­rive in the fi­nal at Wem­b­ley.

“But we need to play bet­ter than Sh­effield, show more en­ergy than Sh­effield and try to fight.

“For me we need to go there think­ing it is 0-0 and show the men­tal­ity to win.

“When I speak about be­ing more ag­gres­sive, it is in the right way.

“We need to fight to get on the ball and instil our game.” CUP OF JOY: Brad­ford

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