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Harry thankful for Gomes display

Posted on 7 November 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp accepts that we have our goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes to thank for the three points picked up against Sunderland on Saturday.

Harry thankful for Gomes display

Harry Redknapp accepts that we have our goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes to thank for the three points picked up against Sunderland on Saturday.

The in-form stopper pulled off a string of key saves, including denying Darren Bent from the penalty spot five minutes after half-time.

Manager Harry feels things may have gone differently had our former striker converted that chance.

"If they had scored the penalty, with the amount of chances they were creating, they may have gone on to win the game," he said.

"But Gomes made three or four great saves as well as the penalty, so we were very fortunate that he's on good form at the moment.

"I thought we played better when we lost against Stoke a couple of weeks ago so we were fortunate and our goalkeeper was fantastic.

"I'm delighted to get the result. Some days you have to grind them out and we did that today."

Steve Bruce's men packed the midfield at The Lane, making it tough for our creative midfielders to find a way through to our three-pronged attack of Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane for much of the afternoon.

But Keane's early goal - which Harry admits was against the run of play - was doubled on 67 minutes by a fantastic Tom Huddlestone strike, making the final scoreline seem far more comfortable.

Harry added: "We found it difficult to break them down and sometimes it's like that. They are difficult to play against with five in midfield and they pass the ball well.

"They started the better team and our opener came against the run of play. We weren't passing the ball the way we normally do in training every day.

"But you're not going to be able to play fantastic flowing football every week and you're going to have those games like this - every team does."