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Harry - We kept going

Posted on 1 November 2008  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp admitted we 'rode our luck a little' but felt the lads got their rewards for not giving up against Liverpool.

Harry - We kept going

Harry Redknapp admitted we 'rode our luck a little' but felt the lads got their rewards for not giving up against Liverpool.

Leaders at start of play, Dirk Kuyt put the visitors 1-0 up with less than three minutes on the clock and it looked a tough task to turn things arund against a side that had won eight of 10 games and conceded only seven goals.

Boss Harry changed things around at half-time by introducing Roman Pavlyuchenko and Alan Hutton, switching to a 4-4-2 system.

We had to weather the storm in the first 10 minutes of the second half though as Liverpool hit the woodwork twice and wasted another two clear-cut chances to extend their lead.

The scoreline stayed at 1-0, however and we started to work our way back into it. The equaliser arrived via the head of Jamie Carragher from David Bentley's corner after 69 minutes and then, with the clock ticking into added time, Bentley's shot was saved by Pepe Reina only for Darren Bent to cut the ball back for Pavlyuchenko to slot home the winner.

"Liverpool are so difficult to play against," reflected Harry. "We started the game with one striker and Luka Modric in just behind and we'd passed the ball well in the last couple of games but in the first half we couldn't play the ball through Liverpool and get the ball up to him.

"They fill the midfield up so well with Mascherano, Alonso, Gerrard drops off the front and there was no way out for us, the only way was back to our centre-halves, there was hardly a forward pass on.

"We changed it around at half-time and went with two strikers.

"We had take a gamble and I felt we had to be more direct, miss the midfield out and at least try to get a little pressure on them.

"We were 1-0 down but I said at half-time 'you can't tell me we haven't got enough ability in this dressing room to go out and score a goal ourselves' and told them we were still in it.

"Liverpool had some good chances and in the second half we rode our luck a little, for sure.

"We kept going and in the end when you keep going, when you don't give up, you get your rewards and that's what happened.

"The result gets us off the bottom as well and that's important."