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Harry hands it to Gomes

Posted on 21 April 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp reflected on Heurelho Gomes' vital saves against Arsenal and Chelsea and insisted: "He's up there with the best."

Harry hands it to Gomes

Harry Redknapp reflected on Heurelho Gomes' vital saves against Arsenal and Chelsea and insisted: "He's up there with the best."

The goalkeeper produced a hat-trick of world-class saves in the space of five minutes against Arsenal to deny Robin van Persie twice and Sol Campbell with the scoreline at 2-0 - we went on to win 2-1 last week.

He was there again at a crucial time against Chelsea on Saturday when he turned away Frank Lampard's piledriver with the score at 1-0. We completed the derby double with another 2-1 victory at the Lane.

Harry also praised the work of Gomes' coach and another Lane legend, Tony Parks, as the Brazilian has grown and grown in stature over the last 18 months.

"He's been outstanding for us and some of the saves against Arsenal were beyond belief," said Harry.

"The van Persie free-kick was top corner, I was right behind it. They were vital saves as we were 2-0 up at the time. If they'd have scored then it would have given them even longer to try and score the second goal.

"He had a tough start here but it's a different game to Holland. I watch a lot of Dutch football on TV and you can't compare the pace, the aggression, the crosses coming in - it's a completely different game and it took him time to adjust.

"I always knew he had the ability. I spoke to Guus Hiddink and he said he took PSV to a championship and Champions League semi-final almost single-handed, he was that good.

"I had no doubts that it would only be a matter of time. Tony Parks came in and worked with him and has done a great job with him. They have a good relationship.

"Gomes is a great character, a fantastic person, great trainer, great around the place and he has a lovely attitude about him, he really is a top class guy and a fantastic goalkeeper."