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A great problem - Harry

Posted on 26 August 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was delighted after seeing Roman Pavlyuchenko and Peter Crouch score in their first starts of the season against Doncaster in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night.

A great problem - Harry

Harry Redknapp was delighted after seeing Roman Pavlyuchenko and Peter Crouch score in their first starts of the season against Doncaster in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night.

The strikers came into the fold for Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane and delivered a goal each as we ran out 5-1 winners in the second round tie at the Keepmoat Stadium.

After surviving Doncaster's flying start - Carlo Cudicini made two outstanding saves inside the opening six minutes - Tom Huddlestone settled nerves with the opening goal and was joined on the scoresheet by Jamie O'Hara and Crouch for a 3-0 half-time lead.

David Bentley produced another fine finish for 4-0 after 53 minutes, Rovers replied from the penalty spot before Pavlyuchenko finished it off with the fifth.

"You are looking for the lads who haven't been playing to come in and do a good job," said Harry.

"I made lots of changes but I'm lucky in that I can bring in two strikers like Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko and the likes of David Bentley and Giovani, so I've still a strong forward line even though I've rested all the four who have been playing. It's a great problem to have.

"It was great for Crouchy to score his first goal. He's been unlucky because I started with Jermain (Defoe) and Robbie (Keane) and they've been great for us. Crouchy and Pav have just been unlucky not to get a game.

"We're lucky in that we can rotate the strikers occasionally and we can do different things against different teams.

"It's a long season and we'll need four strikers and it's great to have those options."

Meanwhile, Harry was full of praise for the Championship side.

"It was a good win for us but I've got to say I was impressed with Doncaster," he added. "I thought they started well and Carlo Cudicini had to make two great saves.

"I know it's easy when you've won 5-1 to say how good the other team was but I genuinely thought they played some great football, the way they passed it, the angles they found and they had chances as well. We took our chances and our keeper's made some vital saves."