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Cup of cheer

Posted on 12 November 2008  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp paid tribute to the lads after a team showing seven changes stormed past Liverpool and into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.

Cup of cheer

Harry Redknapp paid tribute to the lads after a team showing seven changes stormed past Liverpool and into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.

Two goals apiece from Fraizer Campbell and Roman Pavlyuchenko did the trick as we won the fourth round tie 4-2 at the Lane.

The boss used his squad after Sunday's win at Manchester City by bringing Michael Dawson, who captained the side, Gareth Bale, Alan Hutton, Aaron Lennon, Jamie O'Hara, Pavyluchenko and Campbell into the starting line-up.

And they didn't disappoint. After a tight first half-hour, a barnstorming seven-minute spell produced three goals via Campbell's double and one from strike partner Pavlyuchenko.

Liverpool hit back at the start of the second half for 3-1 but Pavlyuchenko bagged his second to restore our two-goal cushion within three minutes and it proved enough, despite Liverpool's second with 25 minutes left.

"It was a great night, a cracking atmosphere and a terrific result for us," beamed Harry. "We played well, we were a threat, the front two were always lively and Aaron Lennon was dangerous.

"It's a squad game and all the lads who came in did a good job.

"I made seven changes but you could see that the players I brought in were all good players - the likes of Aaron Lennon, Jamie O'Hara is in the England Under-21 squad, Alan Hutton will be playing for Scotland, Michael Dawson - they are all quality players.

"We've got to enjoy it now because we'll have ups and downs throughout the season. Fulham on Saturday is another massive game and we need league points to get up that table."

The only downside of the evening was the sight of Heurelho Gomes being stretchered off after a save at the feet of Philipp Degen in the second half but Harry had better news afterwards. "He's not too bad," he said. "He took a bang in the mouth but he should be okay for the weekend."