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Great performance, great result

Posted on 15 April 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp paid tribute to the players after they recovered from Sunday's woes at Wembley to deliver the win of the season against Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Great performance, great result

Harry Redknapp paid tribute to the players after they recovered from Sunday's woes at Wembley to deliver the win of the season against Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Devastated by the FA Cup semi-final defeat against Portsmouth, the lads responded in the best-possible way - a 2-1 success against our North London rivals to maintain our push for fourth place in the Premier League and leave our jubilant fans singing all the way home.

The victory included another spectacular derby goal - a strike right up there with David Bentley's at the Emirates last season - and numerous fine individual displays from the likes of Heurelho Gomes, Ledley King in his first start since February 21, Tom Huddlestone and Luka Modric, all praised by the manager afterwards.

But this derby will always be remembered as the night full debutant Danny Rose introduced himself with an unstoppable volley from fully 30 yards to open the scoring in the 10th minute.

Gareth Bale added the second less than two minutes into the second half and as the Gunners started to get on top, Gomes produced three world-class saves to keep the lead intact.

He was finally beaten by Niklas Bendtner five minutes from time but despite a few nervy moments and four minutes of added time, we held on for a memorable, vital three points.

"It was a great result after Sunday because that really knocked us all for six," said Harry.

"To lift oursleves after that disappointment and turn in a performance like that says so much about the players. It was a great performance and showed the character at this club. The players have been fantastic all season.

"Ledley came in tonight and turned in a magnificent performance. He is just the most special centre-half and Michael Dawson was great. Benoit was terrific again and Younes Kaboul had to come in at right-back and did a job out there.

"All-round it was a great night for us. Luka Modric was outstanding in the middle of the park. Luka and Tom were outnumbered in there, Arsenal played three against our two and it was always going to be difficult for them, we knew that. We worked on it in training. It's hard with the extra man but we got around them, closed them and the little fella's an amazing player, I think he's top, top drawer.

"The saves Gomes made were unreal. The free-kick from van Persie, I was behind that all the way and I thought it was top corner. How he has ever got to that I will never know. He was superb and we hung in there late on when we came under pressure.

"I said to the players if we could beat Arsenal we could still get fourth place. It's still going to be hard but we're right in there and this will give us a big lift now for Chelsea on Saturday.

"It will be another difficult game against a strong team but on the back of this we will go into it with a bit of confidence. We are in great form with six wins in the last seven in the league. The crowd will be with us again as they were tonight so it's a game to look forward to."