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Harry's delight as JD strikes

Posted on 28 December 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was delighted to see Jermain Defoe's thunderbolt secure maximum points in a match we dominated against West Ham on Monday.

Harry's delight as JD strikes

Harry Redknapp was delighted to see Jermain Defoe's thunderbolt secure maximum points in a match we dominated against West Ham on Monday.

The striker smashed home his follow up shot after Robert Green parried out his initial effort to make it 2-0 with eight minutes left and that's how it stayed at the Lane.

The manager's delight - seen clearly in the photograph, above - stemmed from the fact that the visitors had just enjoyed their best spell of a game we'd bossed from the first whistle.

Luka Modric marked his first start since fracturing his fibula in August with the opening goal but try as we might, we couldn't find that second. Defoe, Peter Crouch and Tom Huddlestone all went close in the first half and Huddlestone hit the post 10 minutes into the second half.

The Hammers came back into the game between 65-80 minutes without really carving out a clear-cut chance before Defoe's clincher.

The final statistics showed efforts at goal 21-3 in our favour but, as Harry pointed out, at 1-0 the game is never over. "It was a game we dominated but we needed a second goal," he said.

"We hit the inside of the post at 1-0 and had some great chances. No disrespect, but they hadn't really created anything and you do feel sooner or later that something could drop in the box, they could stick one away and suddenly it is a different game.

"We played some great stuff in the second half, really opened them up and we eventually got that second goal.

"It was difficult for West Ham. They lost Parker and Ilunga early in the game and they had to shuffle around early. They gave everything for sure but we were stronger than them, there's no doubt about that. We played well and were always in control."