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Harry's game of two halves

Posted on 14 February 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp said we had to do the ‘ugly' things to turn around Sunday's FA Cup tie at Bolton.

Harry's game of two halves

Harry Redknapp said we had to do the ‘ugly' things to turn around Sunday's FA Cup tie at Bolton.

The home side bossed the first half of the fifth-round tie at the Reebok and deserved their half-time lead courtesy of Kevin Davies' goal in the 34th minute.

We were a different team after the break. Playing towards our magnificent away support, Peter Crouch hit the crossbar, Jussi Jaaskelainen somehow turned Paul Robinson's prod towards his own goal onto the bar as well, Jermain Defoe levelled then Jaaskelainen saved Tom Huddlestone's penalty, tipped Defoe's shot wide and then Defoe volleyed just wide in added time.

It finished 1-1 and we'll now replay at the Lane.

"Bolton were terrific in the first half and we were poor," admitted Harry. "We didn't get out of the blocks.

"They were up and at us and we couldn't cope with it. They were knocking balls forward, winning them and backing up the play.

"We didn't get the chance to play how we like to play, they didn't allow us to.

"At half-time we sorted a few things out and we were much, much the better team in the second half and deserved to win the game.

"We competed in the second half, closed them down and pressed them. We won second balls and did the ugly side of the game.

"In the first half they didn't let us play and we did nothing to stop them from playing. We had to put that right and we did that much better in the second half, got on top of them and dominated it completely.

"We were different team completely and that's how we've played all season."