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Harry ready for tough test

Posted on 9 November 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp only has to turn the clock back a year to know the challenge we can expect from Sunderland at the Lane tonight.

Harry ready for tough test

Harry Redknapp only has to turn the clock back a year to know the challenge we can expect from Sunderland at the Lane tonight.

The Black Cats gave us a real scare on our way to a 2-0 victory in the Barclays Premier League on November 7, 2009.

Robbie Keane opened the scoring early that day but it needed a couple of fine saves from Heurelho Gomes - including a penalty save from Darren Bent - and then an unstoppable 20-yarder from Tom Huddlestone to secure the points.

The Black Cats gained their revenge though in an extraordinary return match at the Stadium of Light in April when they were awarded three penalties, only for Gomes to save two of them in a 3-1 defeat.

"Sunderland played very well here last season and we were fortunate to beat them, we scraped a result," reflected Harry.

"They played well that day and gave us a bit of a beating up at Sunderland, so we know this will be a tough game.

"Steve Bruce's teams are always tough to beat and he gets the best out of every team he manages, he always does a great job.

"It will be a hard game but we're playing well. We had a setback at Bolton but we're looking forward to it, another great night under the lights at White Hart Lane and we'll be ready for it.

"It's the start of a massive week for us with two home matches."