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Harry: Big win

Posted on 9 November 2008  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp said he felt confident at City on Sunday - even when the home side went 1-0 up before going down to 10 men.

Harry: Big win

Harry Redknapp said he felt confident at City on Sunday - even when the home side went 1-0 up before going down to 10 men.

After a bright start we fell behind to Robinho's 16th-minute opener in the Barclays Premier League encounter at Eastlands.

The game changed 10 minutes later when Gelson Fernandes was shown a second yellow card for a foul on David Bentley and the home side were down to 10 men.

We took control and soon equalised when Darren Bent finished expertly after Richard Dunne misjudged Luka Modric's pass.

‘Benty' was there again for his 11th goal in all competitions to hand us the lead with 64 minutes on the clock and it went from bad to worse for City when Dunne was ordered off for dragging down the striker when clean through on goal.

In fairness, City's 10 men had showed real spirit to try and get back into the game and Heurelho Gomes produced two fine saves to deny first Robinho and then Stephen Ireland an equaliser.

"I thought we started the game well and passed the ball ever so well for the first 10, 15 minutes," reflected Harry.

"We had good control of the ball but suddenly found ourselves from having no problems to being 1-0 down.

"We had some opportunities - Modric went through, Bentley went through - and I felt we had enough about us to get back into the game even against 11 men.

"Let's not kid ourselves, I'd rather play against 10 than 11, but they sat behind the ball and it was difficult to get through them. It wasn't easy for us.

"It was a big win for us. We'd had three fantastic results, two terrific home wins, but this was a real test. We wanted to win away from home. There was a great feeling afterwards in the dressing room and that's what winning does for you."