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Harry's goal

Posted on 1 October 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp is looking for goals from all areas of the pitch as we prepare to face Aston Villa at the Lane on Saturday.

Harry's goal

Harry Redknapp is looking for goals from all areas of the pitch as we prepare to face Aston Villa at the Lane on Saturday.

The manager has been delighted with Rafael van der Vaart's productivity since his arrival and is looking for the rest of the squad to get in on the act in the Premier League.

The goals have been flowing in the Champions League - 12 in four matches so far - but we've only scored six goals in our six league starts so far this term compared to 12 at the same stage last season.

"Rafa's a top-class footballer and looks like he can score goals," said Harry on Friday.

"He had a great year at Hamburg when he scored plenty of goals, he gets into positions to score and is a great striker of the ball.

"We're looking at him to weigh in with some goals.

"Apart from Champions League football, we've not scored as many goals compared to the last year or two.

"Of course, we miss Jermain Defoe, he's a big goalscorer for us, but it's up to other players now.

"Pav scored a couple of penalties against Twente, Robbie will always score goals when he gets his opportunities and Crouchy will as well.

"But it's up to everyone to weigh in with goals."

One key talking point in the last couple of weeks is how the team copes in the Premier League after playing in the Champions League.

"Everyone finds it tough," added Harry. "I remember before when I wasn't involved in European football, I always looked at the fixtures and if you were catching a team at the end of a week where they'd had a Champions League game, you felt you had a better chance.

"We're in that situation now and teams are thinking they have an advantage.

"It's something we've got to cope with. The Premier League is what we're all about and we need to do well in the league."