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Fantastic win - Harry

Posted on 24 September 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp had plenty of positives to ponder after another five-star show on the road, this time at Preston in the Carling Cup.

Fantastic win - Harry

Harry Redknapp had plenty of positives to ponder after another five-star show on the road, this time at Preston in the Carling Cup.

Peter Crouch led the way with a hat-trick as we ran out 5-1 winners in the third round tie at Deepdale.

Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe were also on target as we won 5-1 for the third time on our travels already this season.

The night was as much about returning players as both Michael Dawson and Gareth Bale, in eye-catching form down the left, made their first starts of the campaign after injury.

Heurelho Gomes was also back in goal and made a string of fine saves against the determined Championship side.

"It was a great win with great finishing, we took our goals well and the players showed a fantastic attitude again," reflected Harry at Deepdale.

"Michael Dawson came through his return, which was great, Gareth Bale also came through, Gomes came back, felt his leg a little but he was excellent, made some great saves.

"Preston is a never an easy place to go and play. Preston are a good side and I felt it would be a tough game. We knew we would have to play well to win.

"They never gave up and even at 3-0 they got a goal back and we knew they would throw everything at us.

"So to score five goals is a fantastic performance.

"We got into some great positions and with the pace we had in the side we always looked dangerous.

"Overall, I was delighted with the lads."

The only downside of the evening was an early injury to Giovani that forced the Mexican winger off after only 17 minutes.

"He was on the end of a bad tackle and injured his ankle," reported Harry. "It was a shame because I was looking forward to seeing him play. He's in a protective boot and we'll have to wait and see how it is."

The draw for the fourth round of the competition is on Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday programme from noon this Saturday.