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Harry's pride after thriller

Posted on 21 April 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp couldn’t speak highly enough of the players after they recovered from a two-goal deficit for the second time this season against Arsenal – this time to secure a 3-3 draw at the Lane on Wednesday night.

Harry's pride after thriller

Harry Redknapp couldn’t speak highly enough of the players after they recovered from a two-goal deficit for the second time this season against Arsenal – this time to secure a 3-3 draw at the Lane on Wednesday night.

We came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at the Emirates in November and this time the Gunners took a 3-1 lead in the first half with Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie putting them in pole position after Rafa van der Vaart had levelled Theo Walcott’s opener.

If the first half was thrilling, there was more to come after the break as van der Vaart levelled from the spot in the 71st minute and then goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny had to be at his best to somehow keep out Luka Modric’s effort from 12 yards, tip over Peter Crouch’s header and then block Sandro’s drive.

In a pulsating, open encounter, Van Persie had a goal disallowed at the other end and Cesc Fabregas forced a magnificent fingertip save from Heurelho Gomes.

It was thrill-a-minute stuff. “It was a great game, a classic,” said Harry. "Both teams were slugging it out for the win and anyone who watched it must have enjoyed it.

“They had us at full stretch in the first half, some of their football was frightening and I thought we were in big trouble at 3-1, but we came back as we always do and got the goal just before half-time. Then I thought we were excellent in the second half.

"We got after them better and had the best chances to win it in the end. Their keeper has made a couple of saves that I don't think he knew too much about. We could have easily won it.

“I just felt it was a great game. It was a pleasure to be involved in it. That's what football is about, people paying to come and see football matches like that.

“To see a team come back and show the character we showed from 3-1 down tells you an awful lot about the players here and the character we have got at the club. I couldn't have asked for much more than that. I was so proud of the players.”

The result means we’ve closed the gap to two points on City in fourth place in the Premier League and we both have six matches remaining. We face West Brom at the Lane on Saturday while City travel to Blackburn in Monday night.