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Harry takes Hart

Posted on 14 August 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp said he couldn't have asked for more after Joe Hart denied us an opening day win over Manchester City on Saturday.

Harry takes Hart

Harry Redknapp said he couldn't have asked for more after Joe Hart denied us an opening day win over Manchester City on Saturday.

A fantastic first half performance had everything but a goal - and that was down to new England number one Hart.

The keeper got the nod over Shay Given to start and didn't let his manager Roberto Mancini down with a string of top-drawer saves in that opening 45 minutes.

Jermain Defoe, Tom Huddlestone, Peter Crouch and Benoit Assou-Ekotto were all left scratching their heads as Hart kept them all at bay.

And when he was beaten, Gareth Bale's shot cannoned back off the upright.

Things settled down after the interval as City tightened up and, not surprisingly, we started to run out of gas.

Neverthess, Hart still had to show good hands to deny Roman Pavlyuchenko and Bale from distance and then Bale fired our best chance wide from close range.

"Hart was in great form," said Harry. "City have two great keepers there and the young kid had a great day

"We made so many chances first half but just couldn't beat him.

"The way we played, the intensity of our game the way we passed it, the way we moved the ball, the way we pressed them - I couldn't have asked for more.

"We just needed that goal and if we'd got the first goal the game would have been totally different.

"We were fantastic in the first half and it was difficult to keep that up in the second half.

"They got more possession than they did in the first half, they overloaded a bit in midfield and they had lots of players coming to get around the ball to make it more difficult for us.

"To be fair, one or two of ours started to look a bit tired. I think we just suddenly ran out of a bit of steam but overall it was a great performance."