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Game of two...

Posted on 11 September 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was left to reflect on two contrasting halves as West Brom pushed us all the way in Saturday's 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.

Game of two...

Harry Redknapp was left to reflect on two contrasting halves as West Brom pushed us all the way in Saturday's 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.

Rafael van der Vaart and William Gallas were handed their debuts in a new 4-4-1-1 system with van der Vaart playing off lone striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.

It looked to be working a treat as we dominated the early part of a typically-frantic Premier League encounter.

Van der Vaart was heavily involved, linking up particularly well with Luka Modric, and it was no surprise when Modric fired us into the lead after 27 minutes.

However, the goalscorer soon departed with a leg injury and the home side gradually clawed their way back into the game.

They were given a huge lift via Chris Brunt's equaliser just before the break and after an even start to the second half - Gareth Bale denied one-on-one by Scott Carson - Roberto Di Matteo's men pushed on in search of a winner in the final 10 minutes.

The Baggies had four late chances and Carlo Cudicini was twice forced into action, producing the save of the match to tip around Peter Odemwingie's curler.

"In the first half, for the first 40 minutes, I thought we completely dominated the game," said Harry.

"But they scored just before half-time and full credit to them, they could have won it in the end. They had a couple of opportunities, never gave up and finished strong in the end.

"Carlo made a great save low down at the end, I was right behind that shot and it looked in all the way.

"Possession is what it's all about. If you keep the ball you make the other team chase but if you give it away, you have to chase it yourselves and that's a lot harder.

"In the first half we kept it well and made them chase us for 45 minutes.

"In the second half we turned the ball over too easily. We didn't work hard enough to make angles for each other and suddenly we had to chase and that's when it became more difficult.

"In the end, I suppose a draw was a fair result."