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Harry happy with Pienaar

Posted on 24 January 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was pleased with Steven Pienaar's contribution on his debut at Newcastle.

Harry happy with Pienaar

Harry Redknapp was pleased with Steven Pienaar's contribution on his debut at Newcastle.

The midfielder completed his move from Everton last week and was straight into the action - in doing so, becoming the 600th player to represent us in the Football League and Premier League since we gained admission ito the Football League in 1908.

Steven started on the left at St James Park after injury ruled out Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Harry elected to switch Gareth Bale to left-back.

Pre-match plans had to be changed quickly though as Gareth was forced off with a back problem in the 11th minute.

That meant a new left-sided team-mate for Steven in Sebastien Bassong as the centre-back stepped in at left-back.

Steven lasted until the 84th minute when he went off with cramp. “I was very pleased with him, he's a good player,” said Harry.

“He got cramp in the last five minutes but that can happen with nervous tension on your debut.

“He's at a new club and he's spent the week travelling back and forth. I threw him in at the deep end, really, and I was pleased with his performance.

“He's good footballer. I like people who can play and he's good on the ball, strong and I think he will do well for us.”