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Fitting finale - Harry

Posted on 22 May 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp described Sunday's late, late win against Birmingham City as a 'good finish to a great season'.

Fitting finale - Harry

Harry Redknapp described Sunday's late, late win against Birmingham City as a 'good finish to a great season'.

Roman Pavlyuchenko hit a thunderbolt home off the underside of the crossbar with the final kick of the game to secure a 2-1 victory.

It was the Russian striker's second spectacular goal after curling home from 20 yards to open the scoring early in the second half.

In-between, Craig Gardner looked to have given the Blues hope of survival with a sweet drive into the bottom corner to level the scores at 1-1 with 15 minutes remaining.

However, thanks to Stephen Hunt's late goal for Wolves, Alex McLeish's men were already in the drop zone when 'Pav' rattled home the winner.

Victory wrapped up fifth place - Liverpool lost at Villa anyway - and means we'll enter the Europa League at the play-off stage in August.

"It was a good win and another good performance," said Harry.

"We wanted to finish with a win at home. We won at Liverpool last week, played really well and we wanted to finish fifth.

"It was an amazing finish to the game. Pav hit a couple of great strikes. He's capable of that, he's a great striker of the ball.

"It was a good finish to a great season. It's been a fantastic season with the Champions League matches and fantastic Premier League matches a well. It's been a joy just to be involved."

The only down side for Harry was to see McLeish suffer the agony of relegation.

"I really get on with their manager and the last thing I wanted was to put him down," added Harry.

"We came here to win, that's what we had to do.

"I wasn't going to go jumping around on the bench in front of him. I've a lot of respect for him, he's a great guy. No-one wants to be involved in that."

Meanwhile, Harry revealed that Peter Crouch was withdrawn suffering from concussion just before half-time after a clash of heads in the 27th minute.