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Great win - Harry

Posted on 18 December 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was delighted that the team was able to overcome a couple of injury setbacks to topple a determined Sunderland 1-0 on Sunday.

Harry Redknapp was delighted that the team was able to overcome a couple of injury setbacks to topple a determined Sunderland 1-0 on Sunday.

Roman Pavlyuchenko struck the only goal of the game in the 61st minute at White Hart Lane.

Gareth Bale was missing after picking up an ankle sprain on Friday, Jermain Defoe was also out with a hamstring problem and we then lost the threat of Aaron Lennon after just 26 minutes when the winger limped off with a hamstring injury.

Roman came on for Aaron with Rafa van der Vaart employed on the right, Luka Modric on the left and full-backs Kyle Walker and Benoit Assou-Ekotto encouraged to get forward at every opportunity.

As expected, Sunderland proved a tough nut to crack with new boss Martin O'Neill looking to build on last week's win against Blackburn.

It took a goal of real class to break the deadlock as we won possession in midfield before Rafa played an exquisite reverse pass for Pav to strike into the bottom corner.

That sparked our best spell and the game could have been well beyond Sunderland's reach before their final chance as Nicklas Bendtner sliced wide from close range late on.

The victory stretched our run to 11 wins in our last 13 matches in the Premier League with the one defeat last week at Stoke.

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"It was a tough game and we all knew it would be," reflected Harry.

"We had a couple of setbacks before the game. We lost Gareth Bale with a sprained ankle then we lost Aaron Lennon early in the game when it looked like he was in good form, he had a couple of early runs, but then he tore a hamstring.

"So we had to shuffle things around and it was a really satisfying performance.

"Martin set them up well and they were dangerous on the counter, we had to be aware of that.

"We stuck at it and once we scored, we really started to play. We pushed on and made some good chances. We played as we can play.

"In the end, it was a great win for us. We ended up being without the two wide men who have been so threatening for us, but the injuries gave Pav the opportunity and he came off the bench and did what he can do, score a goal. He’s a fantastic finisher when he gets in there."