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Blues for Harry

Posted on 30 November 2008  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was disappointed with the manner of our defeat - not least the goal - as we lost 1-0 to Everton on Sunday.

Blues for Harry

Harry Redknapp was disappointed with the manner of our defeat - not least the goal - as we lost 1-0 to Everton on Sunday.

Steven Pienaar punished a lack of concentration to maximum effect in the 51st minute to score the only goal of the game, picking up a quick free-kick from Mikel Arteta before firing home via a slight, but telling deflection off Vedran Corluka.

We pushed the Toffees back as we searched for an equaliser but despite constant pressure, we struggled to create clear-cut chances.

The closest we came was when David Bentley crossed from the right, Roman Pavkyuchenko slid in to meet it six yards out only for Everton keeper Tim Howard to flick the ball up and over the crossbar.

It was our first defeat at home in the Premier League under Harry's management.

"Everton are a difficult team to play against," said Harry. "We gave a terrible goal away, we switched off at the free-kick, they played a short one and it's in the back of the net with half of us not looking at the ball.

"They are very difficult to beat when they have their noses in front.

"We had no space to pass the ball and Everton shut the space down with five men in midfield. It was difficult to play through them so we then resorted to high balls and we can't play that way, it's not us.

"We didn't get Aaron Lennon into the game but if he's being marked tightly, there has to be space elsewhere.

"We didn't work hard enough as runners to create space for the pass so our possession wasn't good enough and if you don't pass it well you don't give yourselves a chance."