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Harry's winning habit

Posted on 2 January 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp said it was important to maintain our winning momentum after beating Peterborough United 4-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Harry's winning habit

Harry Redknapp said it was important to maintain our winning momentum after beating Peterborough United 4-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The comfortable third round success at the Lane represented our fourth win in the last five games - the other a goalless draw at Fulham - and a fifth-successive clean sheet.

Niko Kranjcar stole the show again with two goals - the first an absolute cracker - with Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane completing the scoring.

It might have been many more but for a magnificent performance by Posh goalkeeper Joe Lewis, who made seven saves in the first half alone, including two right out of the top drawer in the space of a minute to deny Gareth Bale and Tom Huddlestone.

Harry made five changes, two enforced through injury and started Croatians Kranjcar and Luka Modric together for the first time in left and right midfield.

"Winning football matches is all-important," said Harry. "Winning is a good habit, we want to keep playing well and there was no reason to mess around with the team too much.

"I gave one or two players a rest, but no too many.

"It's not as if we're playing in Europe or we're in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup as well, we're left in two competitions, the league and the FA Cup, so we're going to go for it.

"There was a full house here as well and people pay good money to come and watch us, so it was important we turned in a good performance.

"We've got the squad and the players to have a real go and we'll give it our best shot."

As for the game, Harry joined in the chorus of praise for keeper Lewis and said he was 'delighted' with how we played.

"Their goalkeeper had an unbelievable first half," he said. "He made some world-class saves and it might have been four or five at half-time, in all honesty.

"Credit to Peterborough, they hung in there, but we showed a great attitude. These games are never easy but we moved the ball around superbly at times."

Meanwhile, Harry reported that Jermain Defoe was substituted 15 minutes from time as a precaution as his hamstring was a little tight and that both David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas missed out because of injury.

He added: "David Bentley had a hip problem, he trained on Friday but wasn't fit.

"JJ picked up a hamstring injury, hopefully he'll be okay. It was tight and he couldn't train on Friday. He wanted to play but we were not going to take a chance."