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Great win - Harry

Posted on 17 December 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp felt Wednesday night's 3-0 win against City was right up there with Liverpool as the best display of the season so far.

Great win - Harry

Harry Redknapp felt Wednesday night's 3-0 win against City was right up there with Liverpool as the best display of the season so far.

City started well but created little and we grew stronger and stronger in this key match in the Barclays Premier League at the Lane.

We were on top when Niko Kranjcar scored the important opening goal in the 35th minute and Jermain Defoe swooped to convert from Peter Crouch's header 10 minutes into the second half.

Momentum remained with us until the very final stages when Heurelho Gomes made his only serious save of the night to palm away Martin Petrov's free-kick.

That ensured a fine defensive display earned the clean sheet it deserved and at the other end, Kranjcar capped a night to remember with a fine third, leaving Emmanuel Adebayor for dead before slotting past Shay Given.

"Over the full 90 minutes that was as good as we've played," beamed Harry afterwards. "The win against Liverpool was like that as well, we pressed them all over the park and worked them - we did that again against City.

"We pressurised them in their half and made it difficult when they got in our half. They popped the ball around in the first half and had a few spells where they put passes together, but they never created too much. Our keeper's had a quiet night.

"It was a convincing win, a well-deserved win and there were some great performances.

"Niko Kranjcar was fantastic, Aaron Lennon was brilliant - they all were. They all worked hard and we defended well. Dawson has come in and done a job with Bassong. We've no Woodgate, no King but those two have done great for us. Benoit was also tremendous at left-back.

"City are a good side and will be there at the end of the season, I'm sure of it. But we were better side and I don't think there is any disputing that. It was a great performance and we thoroughly deserved it."

The win put some daylight between ourselves in fifth and City, who are now eighth and four points adrift.

It also means we're just two points behind Arsenal and Villa, who are both two points ahead of us in third and fourth respectively.

Harry added that consistency was key. "We have to keep picking up results," he said. "I feel we have been consistent enough, we've been playing well enough but we had a blip against Wolves on Saturday.

"But that's life. We beat Sunderland and in my opinion we were lucky to win that day. You can't over-react because these things can happen. We've all been on the end of results when you're expected to win and Wolves defended well here on Saturday. That's how difficult it is to get results this season."