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Harry happy with youngsters

Posted on 16 September 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was pleased with how our younger players coped in the cauldron of noise at PAOK on Thursday night.

Harry Redknapp was pleased with how our younger players coped in the cauldron of noise at PAOK on Thursday night.

Yago Falque (21) made his debut and was joined in the starting line-up by Kyle Walker (20), Andros Townsend (20), Tom Carroll (19), Jake Livermore (21) and Harry Kane (18).

Falque, on loan from Juventus, went closest for us with an effort in either half as it remained goalless in our Europa League, Group A opener.

PAOK missed a twice-taken penalty in the first half and had chances in the second half, forcing two fine late saves from Carlo Cudicini and striking the woodwork in added time.

"I thought we were excellent, especially in the first half," said Harry.

"We kept the ball well and there were some good performances out there from some of the young players.

"The atmosphere was fantastic. You don't get that in many places in the world.

"The young players have never seen anything like that so it must have been a difficult experience for them but they coped very well.

"Tom Carroll in midfield, a fantastic little footballer, showed great stamina and kept the ball well. I was really pleased with him.

"Harry Kane worked hard, Jake Livermore is still only a young lad as well and that game will have done them all the world of good.

"I thought it was a close game. They could have won it at the end, but I felt we should have had a penalty in the first half. A draw was a fair result."