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Harry's case for defence

Posted on 20 February 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp declared himself satisfied with the performance - particularly defensively - after Thursday night's 2-0 reverse against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Cup.

Harry's case for defence

Harry Redknapp declared himself satisfied with the performance - particularly defensively - after Thursday night's 2-0 reverse against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Cup.

A battling rearguard display looked set to earn its reward until substitute Yevgen Seleznov struck with his first touch to open the scoring 12 minutes from time.

Ten minutes later and Jadson made it 2-0 to hand us an uphill task in an intriguing second leg of this last 32 tie back at the Lane on Thursday, February 26.

Chances on the night were few and far between and Harry only had praise for a side that showed nine changes from the draw against Arsenal last time out and included young Academy debutant Dean Parrett, who gave an assured display in midfield.

"For 80 minutes we looked comfortable, in fact I thought we might go and nick a goal ourselves," reflected Harry before the late flight home from Ukraine.

"I thought we contained them well and could see the game ending 0-0 but it wasn't to be.

"We tried to get one back but it was difficult for us.

"Shakhtar are a good team. They were the unluckiest side in the Champions League in terms of not qualifying for the next round but for 80 minutes we looked solid and Gomes didn't have too much to do.

"I was happy with Dean Parrett and John Bostock is another good young player at the club - it's great experience for them to play in a game like that. Overall I was pleased with the performance."

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