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Cup of cheer for Harry

Posted on 3 January 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp felt 3-1 was a fair reflection as we booked our place in the fourth round of the FA Cup with a win against in-form Wigan at the Lane on Friday night.

Cup of cheer for Harry

Harry Redknapp felt 3-1 was a fair reflection as we booked our place in the fourth round of the FA Cup with a win against in-form Wigan at the Lane on Friday night.

After a goalless first half, Roman Pavlyuchenko scored the crucial opening goal from the penalty spot with 52 minutes on the clock after Fraizer Campbell was upended by Wigan goalkeeper Richard Kingson.

Luka Modric headed home the rebound after Jamie O'Hara's shot cannoned back off the post for 2-0 after 72 minutes and after a late scare when Henri Camara pulled a goal back for the visitors, Pavlyuchenko blasted home for 3-1 in injury time after Didier Zokora's burst forward from midfield.

"It was a good result in the end," said Harry afterwards. "It was great to get the win and get through to the next round. I thought we did well.

"We were comfortable and at 2-0 it looked game over. When it gets to 2-1 in any game there is always a bit of pressure but I was hoping we'd be okay.

"The FA Cup is not the main priority at the moment, the league and the Carling Cup are key for us, but we wanted to win.

"No-one comes here in front of 30,000-plus supporters who love their team and thinks 'it doesn't matter if we win or lose'. We want to win every game."

The only down side was an injury that forced striker Darren Bent off in the first half.

"It's a groin injury," reported Harry. "He's struggling a bit. We're not sure how long he'll be out for but it will be a little while.

"Roman did well though, he took his goals well and worked hard for the team, so that was encouraging."