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Harry left frustrated by Green

Posted on 25 September 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp could only join the chorus of praise for Robert Green after the goalkeeper kept us at bay in Saturday's 1-0 loss at Upton Park.

Harry left frustrated by Green

Harry Redknapp could only join the chorus of praise for Robert Green after the goalkeeper kept us at bay in Saturday's 1-0 loss at Upton Park.

Green produced two saves from right out of the top drawer to deny Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric in the first half.

When he was finally left helpless, Tom Huddlestone missed our best chance of the match 10 minutes into the second half.

The midfielder broke the offside trap, skipped around Green but then shot wide of the open goal with Peter Crouch also available square for a tap-in.

Harry felt afterwards that was the key moment as Frederic Piquionne's header in the 29th minute proved the difference between the teams.

"It was a great chance, he should have scored, but that's how it goes," said a philosophical Harry at Upton Park.

"If that chance goes in, it's a different game because they would have been on the floor and we would have been in the ascendancy.

"It was end-to-end stuff, almost like a basketball game. They had chances, we had chances and their goalkeeper made a couple of world-class saves.

"Green's a top goalkeeper who has had a bit of a difficult time of late, but he was in great form against us. He made some fantastic saves."

Harry felt we started 'sloppily' and said you had to give credit to West Ham.

"We were a bit open to start with and didn't look solid, but that's the first time that defence has played together." he added.

"I thought we controlled it after that and created four or five good chances.

"Full credit to West Ham, they worked their socks off and pressed us all over the pitch.

"There were chances galore for both sides. We couldn't have done much more than to create the amount of chances we created, especially in an away game.

"We just couldn't get a break in front of goal."