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Good win - Harry

Posted on 7 August 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was delighted after we came from behind to beat Fiorentina 3-2 in Saturday's friendly at the Lane.

Good win - Harry

Harry Redknapp was delighted after we came from behind to beat Fiorentina 3-2 in Saturday's friendly at the Lane.

Robbie Keane struck in the final minute to win an entertaining, competitive encounter and our final friendly of the summer before the big kick-off against City in the Barclays Premier League next Saturday.

The Italians were clinical in front of goal to take a 2-1 lead into half-time.

We'd had the better of the match throughout but Alberto Gilardino and Adem Ljajic cashed in on Fiorentina's only serious opportunities.

In between, Giovani dos Santos, who was outstanding on the left, right and then in behind Keane, set-up Roman Pavlyuchenko to level.

The second half was one-way traffic, Keane levelled from Tom Huddlestone's assist after 57 minutes and we spent the next half-hour chipping away before Keane finally found a way through in the final minute.

"It was a good run out against good opposition," reflected Harry at the Lane.

"They only had two strikes on goal and they both ended up in the back of the net, but we came back and that was good.

"They were difficult to break down but we came from 1-0 and 2-1 down and then Robbie supplied two great goals, the sort of runs and finishes he's been doing throughout pre-season.

"I was pleased and I thought we looked lively.

"We went to Benfica on Tuesday and put on a good performance against fantastic opposition, a very good team, a clever team with top players, so to win there was great.

"We conceded poor goals against Fiorentina but to respond how we did was good."

Robbie's double will take the headlines and Harry had praise for him, Gio and Younes Kaboul.

"There were some good performances," he said. "Robbie was outstanding in the second half and took two fantastic goals. He is still a quality player, still got a lot to offer.

"Gio was outstanding, he did ever so well. He has the ability to be a top player. I thought Younes did well at right-back as well, showed a lot of energy, got forward and was strong.

"We're a good team, we're playing well, we're full of confidence and we're looking forward to the start of the season."

Meanwhile, Harry revealed that he rested Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson, while Jermain Defoe missed out with a groin strain.

"Luka and Gareth go away and play for their countries in midweek," he explained. "I also decided to give Dawson a rest because Bassong has had an injury and Ledley wanted to play, he needed a game.

"Kaboul has also been injured, so they all needed to play."