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Fantastic performance - Harry

Posted on 30 September 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was delighted after his decision to 'go for it' paid dividends as we beat FC Twente 4-1 in the Champions League at the Lane.

Fantastic performance - Harry

Harry Redknapp was delighted after his decision to 'go for it' paid dividends as we beat FC Twente 4-1 in the Champions League at the Lane.

Our first-ever home match in the group stages of Europe's elite competition lived up to and eventually exceeded all expectations against the Dutch champions on Wednesday night.

The match had everything - five goals, three penalties, a red card, shots, saves and goalmouth action throughout.

We started to get on top just before the interval but saw Rafael van der Vaart's penalty saved by Twente's impressive goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov.

Van der Vaart soon made amends with a cracking opening goal a minute into the second half and when Roman Pavlyuchenko converted our second penalty, we looked well on our way.

However, Nacer Chadli pulled a goal back and van der Vaart was then sent off for a second bookable offence with 30 minutes still remaining.

The 10 men kicked on though with 'Pav' stroking home another spot kick and the unstoppable Gareth Bale rounding off a night to remember five minutes from time.

"We missed the penalty, so we came in 0-0 when we might have been in front, but we made a great start to the second half with the two quick goals," reflected Harry.

"We then got a little sloppy, they came back into it and when we got Rafa sent off it looked like it could be a difficult end to the game.

"But we ended up scoring another two goals and it was a fantastic performance.

"I was delighted. We played an open, attacking team and we went for it.

"There were going to be spells when they got hold of the midfield because they had an extra man in there but we worked hard and coped with that.

"We could have played with one (striker) up and shut the midfield up but we didn't, we went for it, we decided this is how we were going to play at home and it worked for us.

"I felt we needed to play with two up because their two centre halves like to play from the back.

"We've watched video after video and they play fantastic football, so we decided to press them high up the pitch with our centre forwards to stop them playing out from the back. It worked well.

"It was a great night for us, a great atmosphere, we won the game 4-1 and you can't do too much more than that."