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Harry's programme notes

Posted on 26 September 2009  - 12:00

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

Harry's programme notes

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 NOTES v BURNLEY, SEPTEMBER 26

Our last two league fixtures against Manchester United and Chelsea have shown us what the established top teams in the Premier League are all about.

I can see one of those two sides going on to win the title and yet I felt we showed enough in both fixtures to prove that we are capable of playing against anybody. We are certainly getting closer to these teams.

If someone had said to me at the start of the season that we would be standing here now with 12 points from the first six games, I would have taken that. In fact, I would be really pleased if we could continue this run of taking two points a game for the rest of the season. We would end up with a great total. We are going well and are certainly not far away from being a quality side.

You are obviously always disappointed when you are beaten at home, but I felt for an hour against Manchester United we were right in the game. Their third goal was a killer. From our free-kick they hit us on the break and it cost us.

For half an hour at Stamford Bridge I thought we played really well against Chelsea and caused them all kinds of problems with our movement. We played some fantastic football, moved the ball great and created all the good opportunities. We were in control of the contest.

There were two turning points in the game in my opinion - the penalty decision against Robbie Keane and Ledley King going off injured - and unfortunately those key moments went against us. Had we been awarded the penalty and Carvalho sent off as he probably would have been, then it's a completely different game.

Harry's notes

We can take an awful lot from both fixtures, however, and I certainly didn't see a massive gulf.

I was pleased to see Heurelho Gomes, Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson come through the game against Preston North End in midweek after being sidelined for a while. We needed that after some of the injuries we have picked up of late. On that front, we're hoping that it won't be too long before Jonathan Woodgate is back again, while Ledley's hamstring injury looks set to keep him out for a few weeks.

Deepdale is never an easy place to go and we knew we would have to play well to win the game but we put it to bed and it was an excellent performance.

It was great to score five goals away from home, the strikers have given me a nice problem. Results like this have shown we can play not only here at the Lane but also on our travels. That win has put us in the hat for the next round and the draw will already be made by the time you read this. Let's hope we've got a good tie in the fourth round, it's a competition we've enjoyed over the last two seasons and so far we are doing so again this time round.

This afternoon we welcome Burnley to White Hart Lane. Owen Coyle has done a fantastic job at Turf Moor. He has got them playing some great football - they play with great enthusiasm, pass the ball well and have some good players.

Burnley proved themselves against some of the best teams around by beating the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United over the past year.

We know all too well what they are capable of. They played ever so well against us last season over both legs in the League Cup semi-final and we were probably fortunate to progress.

I am sure it will be another tough contest again today but if we maintain the level of performance we have demonstrated since the season began then we have a great chance here today.

We've got a decent set of games coming up over the next month and if we can get another good run of results from those like we did from our opening four matches, it will keep us within that top group in the division.

Enjoy the match.