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'A fantastic achievement'

Posted on 10 March 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp spoke of his delight for everyone at the club after reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League - especially the fans.

'A fantastic achievement'

Harry Redknapp spoke of his delight for everyone at the club after reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League - especially the fans.

It was another glory, glory night at the Lane on Wednesday as a goalless draw against AC Milan in our last 16, second leg secured a place in the last eight of Europe's elite competition.

The team had to scrap every inch of the way.

AC Milan showed just why they've won seven European Cups in their illustrious history and currently top Serie A by controlling long periods of the play.

But we held firm defensively - so much so that clear-cut chances were at a premium.

Heurelho Gomes made three saves all night, the best to deny Robinho in the second half. The closest the visitors came to the goal they had to score was when Gomes was beaten, only for William Gallas to clear off the line from Robinho.

In the end Peter Crouch's priceless strike and that glorious 1-0 win in the first leg at the San Siro on February 15 proved decisive.

It's been quite a first campaign in the Champions League - and we march on.

"It’s great for the club, great for the fans, great for everyone," said Harry.

"This is our first year in the Champions League and that (to qualify) was a fantastic achievement in itself.

"To have progressed and won our group, probably the toughest group and to do what we’ve done against AC Milan, top of the Italian league, is a fantastic achievement.

"It’s all about the fans, really. It’s a great night for them.

"They are proud of their club and we’ve given them something to be proud of and that’s all that matters to me."