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Decent display - Harry

Posted on 25 July 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp declared himself satisfied with Sunday's 2-2 draw against Sporting Lisbon - not least with the temperature soaring in New York.

Decent display - Harry

Harry Redknapp declared himself satisfied with Sunday's 2-2 draw against Sporting Lisbon - not least with the temperature soaring in New York.

It topped 100 degrees pitchside at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey as we kicked-off at 1pm local time for our second and final match in the Barclays New York Challenge.

Once again though it was a lively encounter for a 'friendly' as we led through Robbie Keane, fell behind to a goal either side of the break and then levelled via Jon Obika.

We almost snatched victory in the final seconds when Sporting goalkeeper Patricio rushed out of his area to clear and the ball went straight to Tom Huddlestone 45 yards out - he drove it straight back and just inches wide.

In the end, the 2-2 draw meant Sporting just pipped us to the title via one goal on goal difference. Both teams won one, drew one with us beating Red Bulls 2-1 on Thursday and Sporting beating City 2-0 on Friday.

"To play in heat like that was incredible, really.," said Harry. "It was over 100 degrees in the stadium. Both teams did well, we worked hard and it was a decent match.

"Sporting are a good side with some great players like Pedro Mendes, who fans will remember at Spurs. He never gives the ball away. I watched them against Everton last season (they beat the Toffees 4-2 on aggregate in the UEFA Cup) and I was very impressed.

"We've enjoyed the tournament, it's been good for us.

"We all loved coming to America, it's a fantastic country and I'd love to see soccer take off here, I'm sure it will. Hopefully we've played a part in that."