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Harry's programme notes

Posted on 23 November 2008  - 12:00

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

Harry's programme notes

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

HARRY'S NOTES v BLACKBURN, NOVEMBER 23...

You will always get ups and downs throughout the course of a season.

The week prior to the Fulham fixture had been a good one for us with a win at Manchester City being followed up by victory and a terrific display against Liverpool in the Carling Cup.

We played well and were lively all night. Seven changes were made to the team but you could see that those that were brought in were all good players with many of them since having spent this past week on international duty. It is a squad game and all the lads who came in did a good job.

Competition for places is what it is all about. Fraizer Campbell and Roman Pavlyuchenko started up front, worked hard and were rewarded with two goals apiece so that gives me a positive selection dilemma, especially when you consider the amazing form Darren Bent is showing- as proved by his England recall. Fraizer also managed to top up his goal tally at the weekend after coming on against Fulham and this will only serve to boost his confidence further.

We have been drawn away at Watford in the quarter-finals of the League Cup and while I am happy with that draw we have to put thoughts of cup runs on the backburner for the time being because we have some really important league games ahead and Premier League points remain the priority.

Naturally, everyone was disappointed with the outcome of the trip to Fulham because up until then we had enjoyed a terrific run of results and the team had been in good form so we wanted to keep that going and I was confident that we could get a result at Craven Cottage.

Now we have to pick ourselves up and string together another good sequence of results. Five games ago we only had two points but since then we have got ourselves back in amongst the pack and we must make sure we stay in there and get up the table.

We are still in a battle and Paul Ince's Blackburn Rovers will certainly provide us with tough opposition this afternoon.

Incey is a great character and to start his managerial career at the bottom of the Football League pyramid with Macclesfield Town having been one of the country's top players during his playing days demonstrates his ambition and desire to give management a go.

He pulled Macclesfield up by the bootlaces and got them moving in the right direction in the league table before doing well at MK Dons last season. I am delighted he has got his chance in the Premier League with Blackburn and I am confident he will do a fantastic job.

Every game since I have arrived here the support has been fantastic and it is so important to all of us. Let's hope we can give you another good performance at White Hart Lane today.

Enjoy the game.

Harry's notes