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Dinamo dynamos

Posted on 7 November 2008  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was left to ponder a whole host of positives after Thursday night's 4-0 demolition of Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Cup.

Dinamo dynamos

Harry Redknapp was left to ponder a whole host of positives after Thursday night's 4-0 demolition of Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Cup.

The result kick-started our campaign in the competition's group stages following a defeat in our opening match at Udinese.

Darren Bent scored a hat-trick, Tom Huddlestone was majestic, John Bostock became the club's youngest-ever player in a competitive first team fixture and we remain unbeaten under Harry's charge.

Darren's 30th-minute opener against the Croatian champions sparked our most impressive performance and margin of victory of the season so far.

The striker went on to complete his first competitive treble for the club with another two clinical finishes and was denied another goal by the linesman's flag.

It takes something special for a player to outshine a hat-trick man but Tom's performance had everything from the passing game we know all too well, his work-rate in central midfield and, capping it all, one of the goals of the season. David Bentley swung a corner out to Tom who caught it on the full volley, the ball arrowing into the bottom corner from 30 yards.

John entered the fray with 10 minutes remaining aged 16 years, 295 days and went close to marking a famous debut with a goal when his shot zipped inches wide.

All in all, plenty for Harry to be happy about.

"It was a good performance and important that we got a win under our belts in this competition.," he reflected. "To play as we did and score the goals was encouraging. It's been a terrific 10 days and let's hope we can keep it going.

"Darren's scoring goals, his finishing has been excellent. Pavlyuchenko has scored goals as well and got the winner against Liverpool. Fraizer Campbell also showed tremendous enthusiasm when he came on, so there is competition for places.

"Tom's got everything. He's such a fantastic passer of the ball with great feet and terrific ability. He's got to keep believing how good he can be. He's got it all there to be a top player.

"John Bostock is a young player with potential and it was a good opportunity to get him involved. I think it's good for the club to try and get the kids involved and I'd love to see some youngsters come through the youth team again. I thought 'let's get him on' and see what he can do. He's a confident boy with good ability.

"We've had a good little start but we have to get off the bottom of the table now, to keep this run going if we can. It's about confidence and I believe we've got the players here who can do it."