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Harry's programme notes

Posted on 11 April 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 HAM, APRIL 11

The players delivered a big win against an in-form Chelsea last time out here at White Hart Lane.

When you look at Chelsea's record in recent years they do not lose many games, especially since Guus Hiddink has taken charge but this was no lucky victory, it was one that we thoroughly deserved over the 90 minutes.

We worked them hard and we played well. We coped well with Chelsea's system of Michael Ballack acting as an extra man in midfield by Robbie Keane dropping in and getting round Ballack when we didn't have possession in order to match them up.

Everybody stuck to their jobs, we went with runners from midfield when we had to, closed them down and always looked a threat. At half time I felt I had seen enough in the first 45 minutes to believe we had every chance of winning the game. We just had to keep playing and looking to get forward - we did that and got our rewards.

You always anticipate some pressure when a side like Chelsea goes a goal down but it was only in the last 15 minutes that it got a bit tense. They pushed people forward and decided to go really direct. It was a case of us dealing with balls into our penalty box, particularly from set plays and corners where we came under a bit of pressure.

Anytime you get a win against Chelsea you have to be pleased because they are a top team, but we have been in great form and the team are playing with real confidence right now.

Last weekend's performance at Blackburn Rovers I felt was as good an away performance as we have produced. We were much the better team and in complete control of the football match yet amazingly came away with nothing.

Harry's notes

The decision to send Wilson Palacios off certainly had a big effect on the game. It was harsh on the player but we should have been home and dry by then anyway because we had created enough chances to shut the game out.

I could not see Blackburn scoring. They put the big centre-half Chris Samba up top to play it up to him in the second half but it wasn't causing us problems and we dealt with it all afternoon. Yet suddenly when Wilson got sent off we conceded two disappointing goals at the end.

The reality is that we are still not out of trouble just yet. I believe we are almost out of it but I still think we need an extra win from our final seven games to be sure. Safety is all that concerns us at the moment. It is only once we get that win that we can start to look at the teams above us in the league table.

Nevertheless, I believe we are playing as good as any team in the country right now and we just have to keep that going.

This afternoon we welcome West Ham United to White Hart Lane. They have done fantastic this year. Gianfranco Zola has been great for them and he has done a terrific job so I expect this to be a good game today. The key to their rise up the table has been their consistency - something many teams have failed to capture for lengthy spells this season- and Gianfranco has got them playing some great football at the same time.

West Ham have always been renowned for producing good young players and their current squad is no different. Last weekend both goalscorers were youngsters who have come through their system and that is great to see.

Our supporters produced a fantastic atmosphere in our last fixture here and a repeat today would really set the game up nicely for us.

Enjoy the game.