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Harry's programme notes

Posted on 13 March 2010  - 12:00

As part of our build-up to home games, we publish Harry Redknapp's exclusive column from our official matchday programme.

As part of our build-up to home games, we publish Harry Redknapp's exclusive column from our official matchday programme.

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HARRY'S PROGRAMME NOTES v BLACKBURN, MARCH 13, 2010

We achieved three terrific points last time out at White Hart Lane against a bang in form Everton team.

They had been on a great run of results on the back of beating Man United and Chelsea so it was another big win for us.

I thought we were fantastic in the first half. We played some great football and deserved our 2-0 advantage at the break. We ground it out in the second half when we had to and overall I was delighted with the performance and the attitude of the lads.

It is going to be tight in the race for fourth place, the obvious favourites at the moment are probably Man City but we are right up there. At the start of the season we would have given anything to be in this position in the league with an FA Cup quarter-final replay against Fulham coming up too.

I was pleased with last weekend's result in the original tie at Craven Cottage. It is a difficult place to go and win, you only have to look at Fulham's home record this season.

We had a few injuries and that gave a chance to some of the younger lads to be included within the squad which was a good experience for them.

We still have a tough game on our hands to try to beat them at home. We cannot look any further than Fulham in the cup. The replay is the key, we have to beat them before we can even start to think about a semi-final at Wembley.

Harry

We have done better away from home this season and have already achieved four points more on our travels than we did the whole of last season. I think we are stronger all round and there were some terrific performances at Fulham.

Without wanting to mention too many individuals, I thought Wilson Palacios was immense. His whole all-round performance in terms of winning the ball when we lost possession was fantastic.

We went into the game with an awful lot of attacking players so his role in the side was all the more important because we were not overloaded with that type of player. They all played their part, it was a good team display and now we just have to continue that.

This afternoon we welcome Sam Allardyce and his Blackburn Rovers side to the Lane. Sam has done a terrific job at Blackburn, just like he did during more than seven years at Bolton Wanderers. They have done well this season. Sam has pulled them out of trouble, got them into a comfortable position in the league table and they will be dangerous opposition.

I have said many times this year that it is difficult to win games. You look at Liverpool at Wigan Athletic on Monday night, everyone thought that was a certain away win but Wigan proved once more that there are no easy games in this division.

Every game you have to scrap and work hard to earn the right to get the points. There have probably been more upsets this year in the Premier League than any other year.

We have got 10 big games remaining in the league and a big game left in the cup too so it is a cracking end of the season to look forward to. We are in good shape and the lads have been terrific, they have all played their part and we have got to finish as strong as we can.

We welcome Kyle Walker and Younes Kaboul back into the squad today after being cup-tied for last weekend's FA Cup tie and hopefully one or two of those on the injury list should be returning to action pretty soon too.

Have a good afternoon.