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Big win - Harry

Posted on 3 February 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp underlined the importance of Wednesday night's 1-0 win at Blackburn as we continue to challenge for a place in the Premier League's top four.

Big win - Harry

Harry Redknapp underlined the importance of Wednesday night's 1-0 win at Blackburn as we continue to challenge for a place in the Premier League's top four.

Peter Crouch's towering header with just over three minutes on the clock was enough to take maximum points at Ewood Park.

The victory maintained our fifth place in the table and kept the pressure on improving Chelsea, three points ahead of us.

We also gained two points on third-placed Manchester City, who drew 2-2 at Birmingham.

Heurelho Gomes was in fine form in goal and William Gallas marshalled the defence superbly as we withstood pressure from the home side in the second half to keep a clean sheet.

"It was a great result for us," reflected Harry afterwards at Ewood Park. "It's a difficult place to come to, Blackburn, and not many teams come here and get a win."

Indeed, Rovers had lost just just three of 12 homes matches before Wednesday's encounter.

"They've been in good form and we knew it would be a tough game," continued Harry. "I was delighted with the performance and everyone played their part.

"We played with an open team again with Rafa on the right, Azza on the left and two strikers, but I felt we had enough ability to have a go at them and we got off to a great start.

"It was a fantastic header from Crouchy, to pull away from Samba and direct it into the far corner.

"They are dangerous. Samba went up front at the end, they started piling balls in and we had to hang in there a bit.

"We won some great headers, made blocks at the right times and it was a great clean sheet for us.

"We have to keep hanging in there, looking at trying to make the Champions League if we can, so it was important to get three points. We have to keep going.

"It's hard, you look at the top four at the moment and who is going to drop out? Chelsea are coming back into form, United look well clear and Rooney's back in form, Arsenal and City.

"We did it last year and we'll give it our best shot.

"We are right in there, we've got Champions League football to look forward to and great games against AC Milan to come. We've an awful lot to look forward to in the last part of the season."