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Harry's programme notes

Posted on 2 May 2009  - 12:00

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

Harry's programme notes

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

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HARRY'S NOTES v WEST BROM, MAY 2

It was another good performance that saw us come away with three points and a fifth straight Premier League clean sheet at home a fortnight ago against Newcastle United.

We played some smashing football at times - we passed the ball well and had the lions' share of the play. Newcastle started with three central defenders and employed wingbacks but we were overrunning them and that forced them into a rethink early on.

We then lost Michael Dawson and that was a big blow because he had been a tower of strength, dealing with every header in the opening half-an-hour before his withdrawal with an ankle injury meant we had to reshuffle. Vedran Corluka moved to centre-back with Alan Hutton coming on at right back - it was good to see him back after a lengthy lay-off.

Newcastle were never going to lie down and went for it in the final 30 minutes by putting four forwards on the pitch. They were dropping balls into Mark Viduka and hoping something might land for them. It proved tough to deal with but we coped well and kept another clean sheet, which was excellent.

The defensive record at White Hart Lane this season has been incredible, especially when you consider the start we got off to. You are not always going to score three or four goals in every game, but even when you only score once in a match, good teams have the ability to still convert that into a win.

We played ever so well in the opening 45 minutes at Old Trafford on Saturday. I said at half-time that if we continued to play like that then there was no way Manchester United could get back in the game. I honestly felt there were more goals in the game for us because every time we attacked them we looked dangerous; we had them on the rack.

United looked brighter in the second half when Carlos Tevez came on and Wayne Rooney went wide left but I still couldn't see any way we could come away without a positive result.

Harry's notes

The decision to award them a penalty was definitely the turning point; it changed the entire face of the game. It gave them such a lift and once they converted the penalty the momentum went with them. We became deflated over it, which we shouldn't have done, and ended up conceding some poor goals after that.

It was a huge disappointment to concede five in the end not only for the team but also for the fans who had travelled so far to support us. We are fortunate to enjoy such terrific support on our travels and it is always appreciated.

I said to the players afterwards that we have to stay strong and can't feel sorry for ourselves. We have to put it out of our mind now and regroup because we haven't been conceding goals like that of late.

We have two home games and two away games left so we have to pick ourselves up and do our best to collect as many points in these remaining fixtures as we can.

Today we welcome Tony Mowbray and his West Bromwich Albion side to White Hart Lane. They are fighting for their Premier League lives at the moment but I am sure they believe there is still a real chance they can survive.

Thirty-seven points might be enough to keep them up, it is not impossible. That means winning three of their last four games so they will be looking to win an away game and take maximum points from their remaining two home matches.

You have to stay positive in these situations and they are a decent team, make no mistake about that. They are a good side that play some great football.

I remember watching them at Everton in February. They should have won that day because they were terrific. They were also on top against Manchester City a fortnight ago and were unlucky to lose after leading 2-1.

Nevertheless, Tony and his team enjoyed a great result at the weekend against Sunderland and we have to be wary of their necessity to build on that this afternoon.

Enjoy the match.