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Harry's praise

Posted on 21 April 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was delighted with how we coped with a defensive reshuffle to keep another clean sheet at the Lane as we beat Newcastle 1-0 on Sunday.

Harry's praise

Harry Redknapp was delighted with how we coped with a defensive reshuffle to keep another clean sheet at the Lane as we beat Newcastle 1-0 on Sunday.

It was our fifth-successive game without conceding a goal at home in the Premier League - our best sequence since the 1986-87 campaign when a defence led by Richard Gough and Gary Mabbutt kept seven on the trot. Indeed, it's the equal fourth-best run in the club's history.

The latest clean sheet was achieved without injured Ledley King and then losing Michael Dawson to an ankle injury on the half-hour mark.

Darren Bent had already struck what turned out to be the winning goal by then and our re-organised defence with Alan Hutton returning to the first-team fold after injury at right-back and Vedran Corluka moving to partner Jonathan Woodgate centrally restricted a Newcastle forward line that ended with Mark Viduka, Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins all on to one good chance.

Harry reflected: "Ledley wasn't fit, Roman Pavlyuchenko wasn't fit and Jermaine Jenas wasn't fit, so that's three key players and then we lost
Michael Dawson.

"He had looked a tower of strength and dealt with every header in the first 25 minutes or so to lose him left us a little short in the air.

"We had to reshuffle and they then pushed forwards on with the likes of Viduka, Martins, Owen all up there and they went for it, dropping ball into Viduka and hoping something might fall for them.

"It was hard to deal with but we kept another clean sheet so that was excellent, a terrific performance and we've been strong defensively.

"Overall we had the lion's share of the play, we passed the ball well at times especially in the first half and it was another good performance and three points for us."