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Errors cost us - Harry

Posted on 31 October 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp admitted two sloppy goals in a minute cost us dearly at Arsenal on Saturday.

Errors cost us - Harry

Harry Redknapp admitted two sloppy goals in a minute cost us dearly at Arsenal on Saturday.

The two goals - it was timed at 11 seconds between 1-0 and 2-0 - arrived just before half-time and completely changed the encounter at the Emirates Stadium.

Robin van Persie opened the scoring after we went to sleep from a throw-in and from the restart, we lost possession to Cesc Fabregas who charged between Tom Huddlestone and Wilson Palacios, nipped around Ledley King and finished.

Van Persie added a third goal on the hour and that's how it stayed in the Barclays Premier League clash.

Harry described the second goal as 'scandalous' from our point of view.

"Two sloppy goals turned the game upside down," said Harry. "I thought Arsenal were edgy, they were giving the ball away, the crowd was moaning at every mistake and I thought we were going to come in at half-time in great shape.

"For 42 minutes I didn't see anything that meant I was sitting there thinking 'we're out of our depth here, they are playing wonderful football, ripping us to pieces', I think our goalkeeper had one decent save to make.

"The second goal was horrendous and it made such a massive difference to the game. If we'd come in even just 1-0 down you'd think it was game on, but 2-0 is very difficult.

"They walked off at half-time thinking they'd played wonderful football in the first half, the crowd was singing and all of a sudden it was 'what a performance this has been' and at the same time, we walk off with our heads on the floor.

"Goals always change games and unfortunately for us, it really changed the game on this occasion.

"All of a sudden the crowd were buoyant instead of moaning about every single misplaced pass. The crowd were all over them before that and that's what you want to hear as an opposition manager.

"I thought 'this is good, we're getting to them' but those two goals changed everything.

"I was sitting there three minutes before half-time thinking 'I fancy us here' and there were certain parts of our game I could have tweaked at half-time that might have made the difference.

"The second goal was a real knockout blow."