Harry Redknapp said Roman Pavlyuchenko 'showed great character' to slot home our equaliser from the penalty spot in a crucial moment just before half-time in Wednesday night's Carling Cup quarter-final win at Watford.
The spot-kick came just moments after the Russian striker had wasted our best opportunity of the first half.
There was only a minute to go of the first 45 when Roman capitalised on Leigh Bromby's slip only to crash his shot off the crossbar when he was clean through on goal.
The fourth official showed two minutes of added time and that period was almost up when Jermaine Jenas was tripped in the box by Ross Jenkins.
Roman didn't hesitate in taking the responsibility and slotted home his seventh goal of the campaign.
That goal paved the way for our 2-1 victory and a place in the semi-finals was secured by substitute Darren Bent in the 76th minute.
"Darren Bent is our regular penalty taker but he was on the bench, so Pavlyuchenko stepped up," reflected Harry.
"He had just missed a good opportunity when he went through and hit the crossbar, so he showed great character to step up for the penalty."
Harry also said it was great to see Darren back on the scoresheet with his 12th in all competitions this season.
"I told him to go out there and do his stuff for us," added Harry. "I wanted him to show for the ball, to run and hold up the ball. Scoring goals is most important but I want our strikers to contribute in other areas."