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Half-time words work

Posted on 26 November 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp admitted a few harsh words were spoken at half-time at West Brom - and they certainly did the trick as we ran out 3-1 winners on Saturday.

Harry Redknapp admitted a few harsh words were spoken at half-time at West Brom - and they certainly did the trick as we ran out 3-1 winners on Saturday.

We went behind to Youssouf Mulumbu's header in the 10th minute at The Hawthorns.

It was the first time we've been behind in the Premier League since August and Harry admitted it looked more likely to go to 2-0 rather than 1-1 in that opening spell.

But Emmanuel Adebayor levelled from the penalty spot and after another scare - Brad Friedel saved one-on-one from Mulumbu in the final minute - we took control in the second half.

After a host of chances went begging, Jermain Defoe finally put us ahead with a trademark strike from 20 yards in the 81st minute.

We then missed more opportunities before wrapping up our ninth win in the last 10 league matches when Adebayor rolled home his second in injury time.

"I thought we started poorly in the first 20 minutes," said Harry.

"We didn't move the ball quick enough and they started better than us. They went 1-0 up and there seemed more chance of them scoring a second goal than us making 1-1 at that time.

"The first time we upped the pace of the game we got the penalty and then in the second half I felt we opened them and could have scored a few more goals.

"It's encouraging to come back like that, but we have to realise that we have to play like we did in the second half.

"The first half wasn't good enough and I told them that at half-time.

"They needed to know I wasn't happy with that first half. We're better than that. The second half I felt we upped the pace, our wingers ran at them and we looked a different team."