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Happy leaves Harry disappointed

Posted on 20 July 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp admitted he was disappointed after what he described as a 'poor' second half performance in Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates in Nelspruit, South Africa.

Harry Redknapp admitted he was disappointed after what he described as a 'poor' second half performance in Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates in Nelspruit, South Africa.

Brad Friedel made his first appearance in a Spurs shirt while Luka Modric, who captained the side, Danny Rose, Wilson Palacios, Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker all made their first appearances of pre-season.

We started our second match of the Vodacom Challenge in impressive style with Luka, Rafa van der Vaart and Gareth Bale particularly impressive at the Mbombela Stadium.

Gareth had already gone close when Rafa curled home a cracker from a free-kick to hand us the lead after 16 minutes.

Home goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa did well to tip over another free-kick, this time from Gareth and Jermain Defoe couldn't quite angle the Welsh winger's low cross on target.

It all looked rosy until five minutes before the break when Happy Jele provided a bolt out of the blue for the home side, cutting in from the right and firing into the top corner.

Harry made six changes at half-time and the second half was less-fluent affair, although Niko Kranjcar's effort was hacked off the line and Danny Rose provided a number of fine crosses from his raids down the left flank.

Pirates might have snatched it when Oupa Manyisa fired just wide and then forced Michael Dawson into a magnificent last-ditch tackle as he bore down on goal.

"I thought we played well up to about 40 minutes but we then gave a sloppy goal away and let them back into the game," reflected Harry.

"To be honest, I thought we were poor in the second half.

"I made a few changes and I was disappointed. Once Luka and Gareth Bale came off we didn’t look too much of a threat, we gave the ball away and lacked quality."

Next up is the Vodacom Challenge final against either Pirates or Kaizer Chiefs at Coca-Cola (Ellis) Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Pirates and Chiefs play in Port Elizabeth on Thursday night and the winners will take us on again in the final.